"San Petronio - Exterior" San Petronio Tip by Willettsworld

San Petronio, Bologna: 33 reviews and 86 photos


Dedicated to the city's 5th century bishop, this church, which is, at present, the fifth biggest building in the Catholic world, ranks among the greatest of Italy's brick-built medieval buildings. Founded in 1390, it was originally intended to be larger than St Peter's in Rome, but its size was sclaed down when the church authorities diverted funds to the nearby Palazzo Archiginnasio. The resulting financial shortfall left the church decidedly lopsided, with a row of columns on its eastern flank that were intended to support an additional internal aisle.

Open: Daily 7:30am-1pm and 2-6:30pm (until 6pm Oct-Mar)

Address: Piazza Maggiore
Phone: 051 231415
Website: http://www.basilicadisanpetronio.it/index.html

Review Helpfulness: 3 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Aug 24, 2005
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