Basilica di San Domenico, Bologna

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    Basilica di San Domenico

    by MM212 Updated Jun 10, 2012

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    Considered one of the most important churches in Bologna, the Basilica di San Domenico contains the tomb of Saint Dominic, founder of the Dominican Order. Saint Dominic died in this church and was buried within it in 1221 back when it was a much smaller structure dedicated to San Nicolò. After his death, the church was rededicated to him and was expanded over time to form this large Basilica of multiple styles with no distinctive shape, and included the adjacent Dominican monastery. The structure now mixes a 13th century Romanesque façade with a 14th century Gothic tower, a 16th Renaissance Ghisilardi chapel, and an 18th century Baroque interior. One of its biggest treasures is the Chapel of Saint Dominic, his tomb, and his ark, which were the work of numerous famous artists such as Nicola Pisano and Michelangelo. It also contains works of art by Niccolò dell'Arca and Guercino. The Basilica is located on Piazza di San Domenico, which contains a statue of the saint mounted on a column, along with one of Bologna's distinctive green pyramidal tombs.

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    Basilica di San Domenico, Part II

    by von.otter Updated Nov 13, 2010
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    The column at the center of Piazza di San Domenico in front of Basilica di San Domenico is made of brick with a 1627 bronze of San Domenico at its top.

    Opening hours for the basilica are from Monday to Friday 9.30am to 12.30pm and 3.30pm to 6.30pm. Saturday and Sunday 9.30am to 12.30pm and 3.30pm to 5.30pm.

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    Basilica di San Domenico, Part IV

    by von.otter Updated Nov 9, 2010
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    “But in the Cappella San Domenico there awaits one the Guido Reni fresco in the dome, and beneath it the exquisite tomb of the saint, which is known as the Area di San Domenico, of the wonderful workmanship of Niccolo Pisano and his
    pupil, Fra Guglielmo, a Dominican friar. The tomb is adorned with six large bas-reliefs, which tell the story of Dominic’s life-work.”
    — from “Catholic Educational Review,” 1918 Edward Aloysius Pace, Thomas Edward Shields, Catholic University of America

    REST IN PEACE The final resting place for San Domenico is an elaborate marble sarcophagus, in small part carved by Micheleangleo.

    The kneeling figure of an angel bearing a candle (see photo #4) was completed during Michelangelo’s stay at Bologna, where he was the guest of Giovan Francesco Aldovrandi, a member of the Bolognese government. One day Aldovrandi took the artist to see the tomb of San Domenico. Aldovrandi asked the young sculptor if he would undertake the task of carving an angel carrying a candle; he agreed. Michelangelo was paid 30 ducats for his work, the angel to the right. He also carved a small figure of San Petronio that stands at the rear of the tomb.

    Opening hours are from Monday to Friday 9.30am to 12.30pm and 3.30pm to 6.30pm. Saturday and Sunday 9.30am to 12.30pm and 3.30pm to 5.30pm.

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    Basilica di San Domenico, Part I

    by von.otter Updated Nov 5, 2010
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    “San Domenico is externally a Romanesque church, though the interior was completely remodelled during the last century, and all antiquity driven out.”
    — from “American Architect and Architecture” 1885

    The Basilica of San Dominco started life as San Nicolò of the Vineyards on the fringes of Bologna. Dominic Guzman made this church his home when he came to Bologna in January 1218. He began his preaching order here; he died here on 6.August.1221; and he was buried behind the church’s altar. Expansion and renovation of the church began after Our Saint’s death in 1221; its severe Romanesque façade is built in brick. In 1313 a bell tower (see photo #5) in the Roman-Gothic style was added. The church’s style served as the prototype for other Dominican churches throughout the world.

    Piazza San Domenico (see photo #1), in front of the church, is paved with cobblestones, just as it was in the Middle Ages. The square was used by the faithful to listen to the sermon from the preacher from the pulpit on the left corner of the church.

    Opening hours are from Monday to Friday 9.30am to 12.30pm and 3.30pm to 6.30pm. Saturday and Sunday 9.30am to 12.30pm and 3.30pm to 5.30pm.

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    Basilica di San Domenico, Part III

    by von.otter Written Nov 5, 2010
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    The cloistered courtyard at the Basilica of St. Dominic is a peaceful, green escape from the world. It contains some interesting details, such as an iron eagle (see photo #4).

    Opening hours are from Monday to Friday 9.30am to 12.30pm and 3.30pm to 6.30pm. Saturday and Sunday 9.30am to 12.30pm and 3.30pm to 5.30pm.

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    San Domenico

    by Tijavi Updated Dec 22, 2008

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    San Domenico is perhaps the most evocative church I've visited in my travels. This has a lot to do with the sole purpose of the church - to house the remains of St Dominic who died here in 1221; and the way this purpose was executed through the Arca di San Domenico, the tomb where the saint's remains are interred. The tomb is a composite masterpiece of some of Italy's best artists: Nicola Pisano for the statues that adorn the tomb, as well as reliefs depicting the life of the saint, Nicola di Bari for the dramatic canopy, and figures of the angels and Sts Procolus and Petronius by the young Michelangelo.

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    by Airpunk Updated Oct 22, 2006

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    The Basilica of San Domenico, once called Santa Maria delle Vigne, was built in the 13th century. It underwent several changes in the middle ages as well is in the renaissance with the addition of further chapels. The last mayor restauration took place in 1728. The dominant styles of the facade are romanesque and renaissance, interestingly gothic plays only a minor role. The interior of the church is baroque. Once, it was a complex consisting of two churches, but these were merged into one during the 1728 works.

    On the quare in front of the church, you will find two columns and two shrines with tombs. The columns depict St. Dominic (1627 - his remains are in a shire within the church) and the Madonna of the Rosary (1632). The tombs are those of Rolandino de Passageri and Egidio Foscarari. A house is built around the latter tomb so that the shrine looks like it is inserted into this house.

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    by croisbeauty Updated Jun 16, 2006

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    Basilica di San Domenico, called also Santa Maria delle Vigne, was founded in the 13th century by the monastic order Black Friars (Dominicans). After St. Dominic's death, in 1221, the old church underwent several restorations, the building was enlarged and new chapels had been added. The church was finally restored by Bolognese architect, Carlo Francesco Dotti, in 1728. The church kept some valuable paintings by Nicolo Pisano, Lodovico Caracci, Guido Reni, while St. Petronius and St. Proloco statues were carved by Michelangelo.
    In front of the church two huge pillars depicting St. Dominic and Madonna del Rosario stand in the square, and in between them is placed Rolandino de Passeggieri's tomb.

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    Basilica di San Domenico - Interior

    by Willettsworld Written Aug 26, 2005

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    Inside the Basilica there are priceless works of art like Saint Thomas by Guercino, the Nativity by Luca Cambiaso, the Mystic Marriage of Saint Catherine by Filippino Lippi, Saint Raymond by Lodovico Carracci and the Crucifix by Giunta Pisano. Also very interesting is the chapel of Saint Dominic with sculptures by Nicolò Pisano, Alfonso Lombardi and G.B. Boulard, whilst Michelangelo made the statues of Saint Petronio and Saint Procolo.

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    Basilica di San Domenico - Exterior

    by Willettsworld Updated Aug 26, 2005

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    The church, owned by the Dominican Friars, was built after the death of Saint Dominic in 1221, whose remains are still kept inside it in a beautifully crafted tomb known as Arca di San Domenico, in front of the Cappella della Madonna. The sculptured tomb, known as an area, is a Renaissance masterpiece, a joint enterprise of Niccolò Pisano, Guglielmo (a friar), Niccolò dell'Arca, Alfonso Lombardi, and the young Michelangelo. Next to the building, with a sober Romanesque façade there is the Ghisilardi chapel overlooking Piazza San Domenico, one of the most beautiful in Bologna. Around 1727, Carlo Francesco Dotti united the two medieval parts, creating one structure.

    Open: Daily 8am-1pm and 2:30-7:30pm

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    by Polly74 Written Feb 10, 2005

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    This church dates back to 1221 and was built at the behest of Saint Dominic; together with the connected convent, it constitutes one of the most important architectural complexes in the city.
    The Sarcophagus of Saint Dominic, in which the saint’s remains are conserved, was the work of Nicola Pisano.

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    by JaumeBCN Updated Aug 24, 2002

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    The basilica of San Domenico was built in 1221 and it has the rests of the Saint. One of the jewels of the church is a little sculpture of an angel made by Michelangelo when he was very young.

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