Piazza Santo StefanoCurrently Open
- Address: Complesso di Santo Stefano Via Santo Stefano, 24 - 40125 Bologna (BO), 40100, Italy
- Timings: 24-hrs Details
- Phone: 39051- 223256
- Ticket Price: Free
- Tags: Art And Culture, Church, Religious Site, Walking Area, Monument, Statue, Architecture , Neighborhoods , Landmarks, Monuments And Memorials
A complex of seven religious buildings, the buildings in the complex are pretty old and have undergone several restorations. These restorations led to the change in the look from the seven to four churches.
The entrance is through Church of Crucifix dating back to 8th century. The church houses the 14th century crucifix, hence the name. Along with that it also showcases sculptures depicting the ‘Lamentation over the Dead Christ’.
The church displays a number of murals showcasing stories of the martyr St. Stefano. The crypt is divided into 5 naves, with each column being different from the other. The church also houses remains of St. Vitale and St. Agricola in an urn, on the left a fresco shows the ‘Madonna of the snows’ and welcoming everyone is a statue of Madonna Child at the entrance.
The oldest building of the complex is the church of holy Sepulchre. It has 12 surrounding the shrine which holds the relics of San Petronio. However in 2000 the body was moved to San Petronio’s Basilica reuniting it with its head, the sepulchre was never opened after that.It is most romantic and interesting monuments of the city, with a natural spring representing River Jordan.
One can witness the remains of the mosaic floor decorated with lions, deer and peacocks. One of the curious objects is a stone basin ‘The Basin of Pilates’ another one of them is ‘The Rooster of St. Peter’
The church is filled with many elements symbolising the passion of Christ. The same can be clearly seen in the frescos. For more information, you should visit which houses precious religious objects and works of art from the seven churches. Also, visit the popular attractions in the city by following Bologna itinerary 3 days.
- Bus: 400 meters, lines- 14, 19, 25, 27, 62, T1
- By car: located in restricted traffic zone ZTL. Ring road exits n. 11/11bis-12 direction city center.
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95% of people who visit Bologna include Piazza Santo Stefano in their plan
09 AM - 10 AM
31.84% of people start their Piazza Santo Stefano visit around 09 AM - 10 AM
People usually take around 1 Hr to see Piazza Santo Stefano
81.58% of people prefer walking in order to reach Piazza Santo Stefano
From all the churches you can visit in bologna, I think this is the most interesting one. It is not the most fancy decorated with lots of gold and religious art but the complex itself provides an interesting walk through with different parts all interconnected and build at different time periods. Just like other important churches, it holds the usual altars and some relics.
We've been taken here by some friends and we did not have great expectations. We were posively surprised by this unique cluster of churches and structures that brings together many centuries of architecture. It's really worth it, its entry requires only a free offer.
It's a great place to visit.In front of that you will find seven churches.You can give a little coin in the entrance if you want, it's not obligatory.
Peaceful basilica which worth visiting all its parts and check its history.
An amazing place that I caught by chance. 7 churches in one place and plenty to see!