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Basilica di San Petronio
Basilica di San Petronio

Basilica di San Petronio

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Piazza Galvani, 5, 40124 Bologna BO, Italy
+39 51 231 415
http://www.basilicadisanpetronio.org/
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The Basilica of San Petronio is the main church of Bologna, dominating the Piazza Maggiore.

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Guanaja, Honduras

The Basilica di San Petronio dominated the Piazza Magiorre and is one of the world’s largest churches at 132 metres long, 60 metres wide and 45 metres high. The Basilica is free to enter, but there is a charge of €2 if you would like to take photos, which I feel is worth it. Inlaid on the floor is the longest indoor meridian line in the world at 66.8 metres long. Take your time to wander around the inside and admire the stained glass and sculptures.

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Milan

Bologna's cathedral is famous for its 'unfinished' facade and for housing Michelangelo's only bronze statue. It's also the third largest chucrch in Italy. The interiors have beautiful frescoes and stained glass.

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Dallas, Texas, USA

This was supposed to be the BIGGEST church in Italy, but plans got curtailed when the folks over at St Peter's in Rome found out. So it's only the second biggest. It's beautiful, too, plan to spend a few minutes just sitting inside and taking in the amazing cavernous space.

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Cocoa, Florida

Although the Basilica's facade remains unfinished, it's still a very beautiful Church. San Petronio's construction began in the late fourteenth century, yet its exterior was never completed. Historically, the Church was the setting for the coronation of Charles V (grandson of Spanish King Ferdiand and Queen Isabella) as the Holy Roman Emperor in the mid-sixteenth century. Also, on a more disquieting note, al-qaeda has tried to blow up the Church on a number of occasions because of the Giovanni de Modena mural within the Church depicting Mohammed being torn apart in Hell.

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Piacenza, Italy
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Dating back to the 14th century, this is the second largest church in Europe after S.Peter in Rome. This church, in fact, was supposed to exceed the latter's measures and once the fellows in Rome heard about that, they had the right and left wings chopped so that S.Peter's could remain undisputedly the largest. It is well known also for not having a completed facade. It is said that the ruling family at the time of final construction, ran out of money to install the remaining marble. In the 19th century the Municipality of Bologna even tendered a project for finishing off the facade but none of the projects convinced the board and in the end, it stayed that way. Until 2008 students including me could sit on the steps of the church for a chat, a rest, or a phone call or a kiss. Not anymore. And it's all the Church's fault.

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Milan, Italy

La Cattedrale di Bologna, che domina la Piazza Maggiore. Nonostante sia largamente incompiuta, è la sesta chiesa più grande d'Europa. In Italia seconda solo al Duomo di Milano e quello di Firenze, se non consideriamo il Vaticano. E' però la Chiesa gotica in mattoni più grande del mondo. All'interno, tra i tanti bei affreschi, spicca l'unica statua in bronzo opera del Michelangelo.

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Magliano Sabina, Italy

Per anni è stata coperta dalle impalcature, ma aspettare, ne è valsa la pena, la facciata, seppur incompiuta della piazza, è maestosa, così come le navate all'interno, sembra quasi che non finiscano più, tanto è lo spazio che occupano, soprattutto quando la struttura architettonica è stata pensata proprio per lasciarti con il naso per aria, a bocca aperta, un po' ebete certo, ma che bellezza. Per gli amanti dell'arte e della storia una fermata qui è d'obbligo.

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