"Portici di San Luca, Part I" Portici Tip by von.otter
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?Up to this church, from the gate of Bologna, is a portico or covered way, about three miles long, very elegant in workmanship, twelve feet broad and fifteen high. It took about sixty years to complete, and the cost was immense; but the whole was raised by voluntary contribution. Up this tremendously steep portico we ascended (not much with my will) in the warmest day I have experienced, as the carriage could not be used, and was left at the foot.?
? from ?Memoir of James Ewing of Strathlever? 1866 by Macintosh Mackay
UP, UP AND AWAY The church that Mr. Ewing is hiking towards is Santuario della Beata Vergine di San Luca. It sits on Colle della Guardia southwest of town. The portici di San Luca begins with a archway just outside Porta Saragozza (see von.otter?s Bologna Must See Tip, ?Porta Saragozza: One of the City?s Gateways?)
Began in 1657, each arch the portici di San Luca was completed thanks to donations made by noble families, religious communities, and everyday citizens. The arches are numbered and total 666, a most curious number.
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