Piazza Santo Stefano, Bologna

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About Piazza Santo Stefano, Bologna

Piazza Santo Stefano, Bologna - Address, Phone Number

Address: Complesso di Santo Stefano Via Santo Stefano, 24 - 40125 Bologna (BO)

Phone: 39051- 223256

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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.

How To reach Piazza Santo Stefano by Public Transport

  • 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.

Restaurants Near Piazza Santo Stefano

  • Colazione Da Bianca Pasticceria Caffetteria Colazione
  • Food Etc Srl
  • Ristorante la Capriata
  • Ristorante Bolpetta

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Piazza Santo Stefano, Bologna Reviews - Write a Review

  • Wonderful monumental complex consisting of several Romanesque churches and small museum. Must see place at Bologna. Admission is free but any donation is welcomed and highly appreciated. Visitors are allowed to take non commercial photo without flash light.

  • Fascinating church to visit. Designed to replicate a visit to the Holy Land. Quite interesting architecturally as a result. Also set in a nice piazza for a coffee or a drink.

  • Splendid cross-section of the Italian culture and history. Including famous Pontius Pilate bowl in case You wan't to wash your hands off responsibility

  • It's a good place to visit, some of the churches were closed but the attraction is free anyway. They only ask for donation on entrance, however it's not mandatory.

  • Not the usual church. Instead, you will find several back patios with a cool medieval option. Small donations are welcome but it's all free

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