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Complesso di Santa Cristina

Piazzetta Morandi, 2 - 40125 Bologna (BO)

Reference maps: E-6


Date of last update: 28/03/2018, 12:08

The present-day Santa Cristina "della Fondazza" Complex, located in Piazzetta Giorgio Morandi 2, was built in the mid-13th century by a group of Camaldolite monks coming from the Settefonti Monastery in Ozzano Emilia. It was totally rebuilt at the end of the 15th century after being partially destroyed by a fire during that same century.
The cells, dormitory and old refectory surrounding the large quadrangular cloister date to this period.
The cloister, which had a well and  rainwater reservoir underneath, dated to this period, as shown by the inscriptions engraved in the elegant decorations and on the imposing worked terracotta and sculpted sandstone portals.
What remains today of the outstanding pictorial and decorative apparatus are the terracotta ornaments and fragments of frescoes, including the Crucifixion attributed to the school of Lorenzo Crosta in the refectory, which today is the large lecture hall.
Affected by Napoleon's suppressions of the late 18th century and used as a barracks from the late 19th century until the 1940s, the monastery underwent a series of vicissitudes until it was restored by the University of Bologna in 2004.

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Santa Cristina Complex