"Santuario della Beata Vergine di San Luca, Part I" Santuario della Beata Vergine di San Luca Tip by von.otter
Santuario della Beata Vergine di San Luca, Bologna: 5 reviews and 21 photos
?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 the Santuario della Beata Vergine di San Luca. It sits on Colle della Guardia southwest of town.
The Santuario della Beata Vergine di San Luca was built in the Greek-cross plan between 1723 and 1757 by Bologna?s native son, Carlo Francesco Dotti (1670-1759). Inside you can see a Byzantine icon, traditionally attributed to the evangelist St. Luke. Flanking the entrance door are two marble sculptures; on the left is St. Luke holding a version of his painting (see photo #3); on the right is St. Mark (see photo #4), notable because of the winged lion at his feet. The original church was restored and extended many times over the years.
Address: Via San Luca, 36
Phone: +39 (0)51 647 2113
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