San Giovanni Battista dei Celestini Church Bologna

The San Giovanni Battista Church is located at Piazza dei Celestini in Bologna. Artistic highlights in this church are its magnificent cloister and neo-classical façade. Originally, this church dates back to the 14th century.

San Giovanni Battista Church Bologna

Useful information

Address: Piazza dei Celestini – 40124 Bologna. Phone: +39 051 221443. Opening times: Monday to Friday from 08:00 till 09:30 and from 18:00 till 20:00; Saturday from 19:30 till 20:30; Sunday from 11:30 till 12:30 and from 19:30 till 20:30. Ticket price: Free. (Note that prices and times may be subject to change.)

History and description

San Giovanni Battista dei Celestini (interior)

The Chiesa di San Giovanni Battista dei Celestini, as its official name reads, was built in 1369. A complete renovation was necessary in 1535.

The current facade is neo-classical and was designed by Carlo Francesco Dotti and Francesco Tadolini.

What to see

The interior is graced by nine altars. It is frescoed by G. Boni and G. Garofalini.

A plaque refers to the tomb of sculptor Nicolò dell’Arca, who came from Puglia and had collaborated on the Arca di San Domenico.

The associated monastery features a magnificent cloister. This chiostro, originally designed by Del Dotti, was raised in the 19th century. Today, the monastery is the seat of the State Archives.

San Giovanni Battista Church Bologna

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