It is the city's cathedral and was given the title of “Metropolitan” in 1582 by Pope Gregory XIII who provided the Bologna dioceses with an archbishop.
The first testimonies of the building date back to the 10th century, however the cathedral changed significantly over the centuries. Its current appearance dates back to the restoration of 1605 which, however, removed all traces of the original Romanesque-Gothic style. The interior is home to paintings by artists such as Prospero Fontana, Ludovico Carracci and Donato Creti.
The Cathedral treasure safeguards 14th-century artefacts and liturgical vestments of great artistic and spiritual value. The bell tower is the second tallest in the city (70 metres) and, in addition, the bell chamber boasts the largest bell that can be rung using the “Bolognese method” (i.e. a cadenced rhythm with a complete rotation of the bell).
Monday to Sunday: 7am - 7pm; 8 am (Via Indipendenza's entrance). 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: 051 222112.
The "Campanile of the Cathedral" can be visited on Saturday from 2pm to 4:30pm and from 7pm to 11pm. A donation of € 5 is required for the maintenance of the tower and the Cathedral.
Special openings of the tower, archeological area and treasure - January 2020.
For information Tel: +39051222112
The Archaeological Area will be open on Saturday from 2pm to 4:30pm and from 8pm to 11pm. On other days the Archaeological Area can be visited by appointment sending an SMS to +39 3888987065.
The "Treasure of the Cathedral" can be visited by reservation calling +39 051 222112 - guided tours for groups are available by reservation.