Italy Chiesa del Santissimo Salvatore

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Sue Wolfe

Shoot with care
This is an active church so dress appropriately. While many of the churches in Bologna are frequented by many tourists, San Salvatore is not. Be mindful of those praying in the church.

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The Chiesa del Santissimo Salvatore sits just west of Piazza Maggiore and was built on the site of an earlier church that was demolished to build the new, larger building in 1623.

The façade houses the terracotta statues representing the evangelists. The interior has a single nave, Corinthian columns, and eight side chapels. The small bell tower holds two ancient bells. The oldest is dated 1333, and while it is still mounted it is unusable due to a crack in the bronze. The smaller bell was cast in 1583 and is still manually rung today.

Buried in the church is Giovanni Francesco Barbieri (1591-1666), considered to be one of the best painters in Bolognese artistic history.

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