Monday, August 24, 2015

San Petronio Basilica

Basilica of San Petronio, Piazza Maggiore, Bologna

See also: Basilica of San Petronio

“Construction on this vast cathedral began in 1390; and the work, as you can see, still isn't finished more than 600 years later. The wings of the transept are missing and the facade is only partially decorated, lacking most of the marble that was intended to adorn it. The main doorway was carved in 1425 by the great Sienese master Jacopo della Quercia. Above the center of the door is a Madonna and Child flanked by saints Ambrose and Petronius, the city's patrons. Michelangelo, Giulio Romano, and Andrea Palladio (among others), submitted designs for the facade, which were all eventually rejected.”
(Basilica di San Petronio, Fodor's Essential Italy)

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