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Complesso di San Giovanni in Monte

Piazza San Giovanni in Monte, 1/2 - 40100 Bologna (BO)

Reference maps: E-5


Date of last update: 17/01/2020, 11:01

The San Giovanni in Monte Complex is a historical 16th century monastery building (1543) that still today overlooks the bordering portion of the old town centre of Bologna from the artificial "hill".
A former monastery of the Order of Canons Lateran, it was thoroughly restored at the end of the 1990s and streamlined again after its use as a prison between the age of Napoleon until 1984. The restoration was a cultural revisiting of its function as place of study and meditation, which the monastery building acquired for the city during the Renaissance age.
The large cloister, called "Doric" or "old", a sort of "magnificent foyer" onto the church square of San Giovanni in Monte that is open to the city, is extremely impressive.
The 16th century executions include the large refectory, which today is the Giorgio Prodi Lecture Hall, an official hall where Bartolomeo Cesi's fresco depicting the parable of the royal wedding taken from a passage from the Gospels, Matthew 22, stands in centre stage.
However, the history of the building is much older as, based on tradition, the complex was built in the 5th century by the bishop Petronius for the purpose of symbolically depicting the places and paths of the Passion of Christ. Nevertheless, many clues lead to the hypothesis that the older substratum was formerly the site of a public building of the Augustan age, placed at the border of the Roman city, but strategically situated in a high position overlooking the access of Via Aemilia from the east.

Source: portal of Alma Mater Studiorum - University of Bologna, website of the Department of History, Cultures and Civilizations.

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San Giovanni in Monte Complex