Piazza Santo Stefano
Via Santo Stefano, 40125 Bologna BO, Italy
About Piazza Santo Stefano
Piazza Santo Stefano is one of the most characteristic sights of Bologna. Actually it is more than a square, a widening that originates from via Santo Stefano and leads to the Two Towers. The monumental complex dominating the square is the Basilica of Santo Stefano, commonly known as “seven churches“. It is articulated on seven sacred buildings constructed and reworked in different eras, mainly by the work of the patron saint of Bologna, San Petronio.
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Santo Stefano is the most unique complex in Bologna, as it is a true city sanctuary and the cradle of our ancestor’s faith. This extraordinary religious site consists of four medieval churches, originally there were seven churches, and therefore it is known by the name of Sette Chiese. Besides churches, this peaceful complex contains of cloisters, tombs, and courtyards, a great place to browse religious art and artifacts too.
The Two Towers, both of them leaning, are the symbol of Bologna, Italy, and the most prominent of the Towers of Bologna. They are located at the intersection of the roads that lead to the five gates of the old ring wall. The taller one is called the Asinelli while the smaller but more leaning tower is called the Garisenda. It was one of the iconic attractions in this area and it attracts a lot of tourists.
Piazza Camillo Benso Conte di Cavour, commonly known as Piazza Cavour is a square in the historic center of Naples, located between the Stella and San Lorenzo districts. The square, in which via Foria and via Costantinopoli open between the various streets and a short distance from the National Archaeological Museum, is made up for the most part of gardens that occupy the entire central part in length, incorporating the two underground stations located at the lateral limits square and the Trito
The Basilica of San Domenico is one of the richest churches in Bologna in art history and was erected by the Dominican Friars as a place to store the remains of San Domenico di Guzman, founder of the order and who arrived in Bologna around 1200. Inside there are priceless works of art by authors such as Guercino, Filippino Lippi, and Ludovico Carracci. The church's small museum houses many important works of art and a wide collection of precious reliquaries, chalices, and monstrances.
The anatomical theater of the Archiginnasio is a room historically used for anatomy lessons and demonstrations held at the medical faculty of Bologna, which was once located in the Archiginnasio building, the first unified seat of the University of Bologna. The theater was almost completely destroyed during the Second World War, by an air raid on 29 January 1944. After the war the theater was rebuilt with exemplary philological rigor.
The Archiginnasio of Bologna is one of the most significant buildings in the city of Bologna: located in the heart of the historic center, it was the seat of the ancient University and is now the seat of the Archiginnasio Municipal Library. The building ceased its university function in 1803. Since 1838 it is the seat of the Municipal Library of Archiginnasio, the largest in Emilia-Romagna.
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