The Church of San Giacomo Maggiore is located in one of the most charming squares of Bologna. It was built between 1267 and 1315 on behalf of the friars belonging to the Order of the Hermits of St. Augustine. It was renovated at the end of the 15th century and presents a structure deriving from a pastiche of different styles: Romanesque forms on the outside and Gothic forms (sacristy and some chapels) and late Renaissance (nave and other chapels) on the inside.
More specifically, the inside, which consists of a single wide and bright nave, welcomes outstanding art treasures, such as the Bentivoglio and Poggi chapels. The first, commissioned by the Bentivoglio Family, was built by Annibale I Bentivoglio in 1445 and then enlarged by Giovanni II in 1486. It is still one of the most important works of art dating back to the early Renaissance period in Bologna.
The second, the Poggi chapel, was designed by Pellegrino Tibaldi in 1561 on behalf of cardinal Giovanni Poggi. Pellegrino Tibaldi not only built the chapel but also enriched it with some paintings such as “Il Battesimo di Cristo” (the Baptism of Christ) and “Storie del Battista” (Stories about John the Baptist). There are also other relevant works of art, such as Anton Galeazzo Bentivoglio's grave by Jacopo della Quercia (1453), the painting portraying St Rocco by Lodovico Carracci, two wooden crucifixes by Jacopo di Paolo (15th century), many Gothic polyptychs and some valuable paintings dating back to the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries.
Beside the church there is an elegant Renaissance portico (1477-1481), supported by agile fluted sandstone columns and crowned by a rich sculpted frieze.
Source: Curia Arcivescovile and Le Chiese di Bologna (L'Inchiostroblu)
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Church - from Monday to Friday - 8.00 - 12.00 am and 3.30 - 6.00 pm; Saturday, Sunday and holidays - 8.30 am - 12.00 am and 3.00 - 6.00 pm. During the religious services, the tourist visit could be limited or suspended. Opening times can be subjected to little changes. For further information please call: Curia Arcivescovile tel. 051225970.
entrance from Via Zamboni
In cooperation with Touring Club Italiano – Bologna each Saturday "CAPPELLA BENTIVOGLIO" will be open from 9,30 am to 12,30pm. ONLY for groups with guide the reservation is required by email: firstname.lastname@example.org as well as a contribution for the costs.