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.

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29 Responses

  1. Joop Zand says:

    Hello Indrani

    Good pictures from these church,
    Bologna is a lovely city.

    greetings, Joop

  2. Pietro says:

    Wonderful views of the Basilica di San Petronio. I see it was a rainy day!
    Happy Friday!

  3. YOSEE says:

    Nice captures .

    The building seems a bit too gloomy looking for a Basilica .

  4. Ash says:

    Gorgeous Italy!

  5. Wren says:

    These buildings have so many interesting stories with them!

    Thanks for joining us for SkyWatch Friday.

  6. Lesley says:

    too bad they didn't paint the brick or add frescoes to lighten and liven it up.

  7. I so enjoy looking at blogs from around the world, and reading about the history of these buildings. You have a very nice and informative blog. Thanks for sharing your photos and comments.

  8. thanks for sharing, what a magnificient church!

    happy Weekend!

    xoxo, fickle
    Anvaya Cove

  9. alicesg says:

    Wow the church looked very huge. Beautiful design.

  10. Denise says:

    Another lovely post. The Basilica is magnificent. Italy is on my list of places to see one day. I have enjoyed this lovely tour, thank you.
    An English Girl Rambles

  11. Aaarti says:

    Woww.. i so Envy u… so much travel.. beautiful place 🙂

  12. Ania says:

    I'd be little careful with those 3rd largest and so on, turns out the list varies depending on the method of measurement etc. And so I have seen world's 3rd largest organs in 3 different places.

  13. Lakshmi says:

    wow..i went back and looked at my pics of Italy

  14. Viola says:

    You are the great adventurer, right?! Lovely photos and a special church! 🙂

  15. Beautiful church and nice pictures!

  16. Carver says:

    That's a beautiful church. I like the contrast in the upper and lower part. Makes it more interesting to me.

  17. richies says:

    Wonderful photos and a bit of history. Great post!

    An Arkies Musings

  18. Hilary says:

    Beautiful. I can only imagine what it must be like to see some of these incredible pieces of history in person. Thanks for bringing it to us.

  19. Francisca says:

    That is such a very different looking basilica! I've driven past the city many times, but never stopped. Adore their salami!

  20. Melissa B. says:

    Love these snaps! I need to get back to Italy sometime soon…

  21. George says:

    Thanks for the information about and pictures of this interesting church. I'm sorry you had to stand in the rain to get the pictures, but I thank you for sharing them.

  22. Babli says:

    After seeing the beautiful pictures of Italy I feel like visiting the place.

  23. Looks like you and I missed each other in Italy this Summer. We were in Sicily, Rome, Venice and Milan.

    I visited Bologna 5 years ago and loved the food. This church was pretty cool – Isnt there a cool sundial in this church?

  24. WOW! A retro classic look!

  25. Great views! You've captures them right. 🙂

  26. the relatively stark background juxtaposing with the imposing structure of the church, the street glistening with rain… this photo is too good!

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