The Basilica of Santa Maria dei Servi stands along Strada Maggiore and is a splendid example of Gothic architecture.
Built thanks to the will of father Andrea Manfredi da Faenza and master Antonio di Vincenzo, who had already collaborated for the project of the Basilica of San Petronio, it is preceded by an airy four-sided portico, whose construction began in 1393 and ended between the 16th and 19th century. This is also visible in a famous film by Pier Paolo Pasolini, Oedipus Rex (Edipo Re).
The interior preserves the magnificent Enthroned Madonna (Madonna in trono) by Cimabue and other well-known works of art by artists, such as Crespi, Albani, Calvaert.
The complex also has a bell tower, about 52 metres high, characterised by the lightness of the columns and the architectural novelty that is also found in the four-sided portico in front of the church.
Monday 8,30am - 12,00pm; Tuesday - Sunday 8,30am - 12,00pm / 4.00pm - 7,00pm. 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. 051 6480611.