Basilica di San Domenico


Basilica di San Domenico

Glorious interior

This church couldn’t be any richer in contrast – as modest, almost ascetic as it looks from the outside, as ostentatious and lavish is its interior. Two worlds collide outside and inside Basilica di San Domenico. It was built for Saint Domenico, who used to pray with his followers in a preceding church and later died here. Constructions already began mere years after his death.

A look inside the basilica

Originally conceived as a mendicant order church, only the façade recalls the initial plans today. Carlo Francesco Dotti lavishly adorned and decorated the interior of the church from a baroque viewpoint between 1728 and 1732. Several artists worked on the Arca, the marble shrine of the order’s founder, for many years. Paintings and frescoes from many illustrious names, such as Guercino, Reni, Lippi and Pesani, even sculptures by Michelangelo adorn the basilica.

Opening hours

Monday 09:30-12:30 | 15:30-18:30  
Tuesday 09:30-12:30 | 15:30-18:30  
Wednesday 09:30-12:30 | 15:30-18:30  
Thursday 09:30-12:30 | 15:30-18:30  
Friday 09:30-12:30 | 15:30-18:30  
Saturday 09:30-12:30 | 15:30-17:30  
Sunday 09:30-12:30 | 15:30-17:30  
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