"Part 1, Exterior" San Petronio Tip by von.otter
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?On the south side of this Piazza is the Church of San Petronio, which covers more ground than St. Peter?s in Rome, but is unfinished, externally, and fails in height and proportions; having been commenced in the Gothic style. On the floor of this church, commencing at the left of the central door, is a meridian, traced in brass and marble, by Cassini the astronomer.?
? from ?A Hand-Book for American Travellers in Europe? 1853 by Rev. Roswell Park, president, Racine College, Racine, WI
CHURCH AS BASILICA This church is a basilica, which means it is a place of pilgrimage. Dominating the south side of Piazza Maggiore, Basilica di San Petronio was begun in 1390 as a civic project to compete with Constantine?s St. Peter?s in Rome. It has a Roman basilica floor plan; its Gothic rib vaulting shows Northern European influences. When the ducats stopped flowing, work halted; I love the lopsided marble facing. There are some who say that the fašade was not finished to keep it simple, less grand, more of a people?s church.
Address: Piazza Maggiore, South Side
Phone: 051 231415
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