Built between 1477 and 1480 by Nicolò Marchionne da Firenze and Francesco Fucci da Doccia, Corpus Domini is one of the most popular sanctuaries with the locals. The buildings is also known as “Chiesa della Santa” as it is home to the body of Santa Caterina de’ Vigri (Saint Catherine of Bologna) who, in 1456, founded the first Clares convent in Bologna. The body of the Saint, who lived in the convent until her death, remained uncorrupted in the chapel for over five hundred years. The building features a lovely Renaissance façade, the only element remaining from the original build. Its rough part is livened up by elegant terracotta reliefs attributed to Sperandio da Mantova.
The church was entirely restored in 1687 by architect G. Giacomo Monti, who decided to decorate its interior with magnificent paintings by M. Antonio Franceschini, ornaments by Enrico Haffner and stucco reliefs by Giuseppe Mazza: unfortunately, bombings during the Second World War damaged much of this precious artistic gem.
Paintings by Franceschini such as the famous Transito di S. Giuseppe (1692) and by Lodovico Carracci as well as the grave of physicist Luigi Galvani and Laura Bassi, a famous scientist who lived during the 18th century, are of particular interest.
Source: Curia Arcivescovile and Le Chiese di Bologna (L'Inchiostroblu)
Corpus Domini is one of the most important churches in Bologna.
It was built between 1477 and 1480 by
Nicolò Marchionne from Florence and Francesco Fucci from Doccia. The bu
ilding is also known as Chiesa
della Santa (the Church of the Saint) because it still preserves the bod
y of Santa Caterina de' Vigri. In
1456 Santa Caterina founded the first convent for the Poor Clares where she lived u
ntil her death. To
this day, 500 years hence
s body has been housed there in the chapel, unchanged through the
The church has a gracious Renaissance facade, the only element that remains of
the original building
The oldest section is ornate with elegant terracotta reliefs ascribed to Sperandi
o from Mantova.
The interior of the building was totally restored by the architect G. Giac
omo Monti in 1687, who
completed it with paintings by M. Antonio Franceschini, ornaments
by Enrico Haffner and stucco reliefs
by Giuseppe Mazza: unluckily most of these valuable works of art were lost or
partially destroyed in
bombings during the Second World War.
Other works housed in the church include: the famous painting
Transito di S. Giuseppe
some paintings by Lodovico Carracci, the tombs of physician Lu
Santuary > opening time: every day 9,00 am - 12,00 pm and 3,00 pm - 7,00 pm. Saint Chapel > Tuesday - Thursday - Saturday - Sunday: 9,30 am - 11,30 am and 4,00 pm - 5,45 pm. Ottavario di Santa Caterina: every year from 8 to 16 March. During this period the chapel will be open every day. During the religious services, the tourist visits are suspended. Opening times can be subjected to little changes. For further information: www.santuariocorpusdomini.it