"San Petronio Church - Basilica di San Petronio" San Petronio Tip by Airpunk

San Petronio, Bologna: 33 reviews and 86 photos

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The Basilica of San Petronio was dedicated to a bolognan bishop of the 5th century who is also the patron of the city. It is the fourth largest catholic church in the world and could have been the largest, if funds were not rerouted to build a palace. So, the church remains unfinished with a couple of pillars intended for another church nave remaining next to it. Also, the pope opposed these plans, so that the largest catholic church remains St. Peter's in Rome.

Building began in 1390 as a gothic cathedral, but the style was switched to renaissance around a century later. The interior is predominantly gothic while the facade is kept in a mixture with the lower half in renaissance style. This lower half of the church is decorated with white marmour, leaving only the upper half of the church with the bare dark brickstones (a kind of trademark in Bologna) to be seen. Some historical events took place in this church, including the coronation of Charles V. of the Holy Roman Empire in 1530. The sister of Napoleaon Bonaparte, Elisa Bonaparte, was buried here and since 2000, also the relicas of St. Petronius are in this church.

Take a look at tzhe central portal, on which Jacopo della Quercia worked for thirteen years!

Address: Piazza Galvani, 5
Phone: 051 231415
Website: http://www.basilicadisanpetronio.org

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  • Written Oct 18, 2006
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