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Basilica San Francesco

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Address: Piazza San Francesco 14, 40122 Bologna, Italy
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+39 051 221762

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Awesome Gothic cathedral

An ancient church, built 800 years ago, really impressive. There is an courtyard from where the architecture can be admired. Also interesting are the graves of some of the first... read more

Reviewed 25 December 2016
Doru C
Iasi, Romania
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Iasi, Romania
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Reviewed 25 December 2016

An ancient church, built 800 years ago, really impressive. There is an courtyard from where the architecture can be admired. Also interesting are the graves of some of the first scholars of Bologna.

Thank Doru C
Budapest, Hungary
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Reviewed 18 August 2016 via mobile

It's a nice mediveal gothic chuch, quite a rare thing even in Italy. It also has outside tombs witch look like small houses.

Thank Frankie_from_thecity
Chorzow, Poland
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Reviewed 6 May 2016

The church is a bit outside very centre but it is still 10 min walking distance from Piazza Maggiore. The altars are absolutely stunning. It is worth to sit down at nearby restaurant, sipp a beer and enjoy outside view of the church.

1 Thank HappyChris008
Rehovot, Israel
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Reviewed 25 March 2016

The gothical construction is most impressive, especially the white marble altar. Of special interesst are the three external sarcophages covered with green tiles. We did not find much explication about the latter.

Thank Zurich71
Arthog, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 14 November 2015

This is not a church you find easily because it is a little outside the main cluster of attractions in Bologna but it is well worth visiting for its awe-inspiring architecture and calm interior. The front façade is very impressive and the piazza in front allows you to step back and really appreciate its size and style. Inside the church... More 

1 Thank lizrowley
Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin
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Reviewed 6 November 2015

In the midst of grand churches that defy gravity and challenge the imagination, this is a more personal church that is quiet and personally inviting. Persons who love to quietly walk Bologna and are open to inspecting everything on the way will really enjoy this church.

Thank maryfort c
Rowayton, Connecticut
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Reviewed 1 October 2015

A beautiful church but we really enjoyed the piazza at night. We ate nearby lots of local joints and then ended up hanging outside in the piazza with the locals at night, very relaxing and enjoyable.

Thank PopeyeCT
Budapest, Hungary
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Reviewed 26 August 2015

It is on a very nice square, where the tomb of the Glossatori are. A simple facade and a beautiful inside with a lot of art works.

Thank 545medva
Tortona, Italy
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Reviewed 21 May 2015

This basilica at first glance it's a simple church, instead turns out one of the first examples of Gothic style in Italy, built around AD 1200, only 800 years ago...it still here, majestic with its striking brick façade. The interior is also very big, big but once inside the church inside is a bit 'empty. Dedicated to St. Francis, is... More 

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United Kingdom
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Reviewed 9 October 2014

After looking at the tombs of the Glosatiori behind the church notice the animal casting on the railings leading round to the doors. Inside this church offers a calm retreat from the bustle of Bologna.

Thank Stuart F

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