Basilica di San Domenico

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Basilica di San Domenico information

Bologna , Italy
Piazza San Domenico 13
Opening hours
9.30am-12.30pm & 3.30-6.30pm Mon-Fri, to 5.30pm Sat & Sun
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Part of Italy's attraction and myth is its hallowed ground. Every chapel in every church tells a slightly different story. Luring you towards this basilica built in 1238 is the legend of San Domenico, founder of the Dominican order, who died in 1221.

His remains lie in an elaborate sarcophagus in the Cappella di San Domenico , which was designed by Nicola Pisano and later added to by a host of artists. Other famous ghosts present in the church include Michelangelo, who carved the angel on the right of the altar when he was only 19, and Mozart, who spent a month at the city's music academy and occasionally played the church's organ.