Basilica di San Petronio, Bologna, Italy
After Modena, we set off for Bologna. Did you know Bologna has the world’s fifth largest Basilica? One of the main reasons for me to stop over at Bologna. Italy is home to some of the largest churches in the world. Milan has the third largest one and now I was standing in front of the fifth largest one. It was raining that day, through the rain drops the church was a sight to behold. Not exactly beautiful as Milan’s but definitely it had a grand aura around it.
The construction of the church was started with the intention of making it the largest duomo in the world, but in 1569 Pope Pius IV blocked the construction, the façade was never completed. That explains why the upper part had a finish with bricks, a contrast from the pink marbled lower part.