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
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
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.