Postcard from Bologna, Italy: Basilica di Santo Stefano

This complex of seven intimate churches in the heart of Bologna, several of them constructed before the year 500, has been whittled down, as is my accompanying narrative.

The Basilica of Santo Stefano used to hold relics of San Petronio, the city’s patron saint who commissioned the church, but they have been reunited with his head in the Cathedral. I introduced you to the relocated relics of the Saints Vitalis and Agricola that were found here and originally were housed in one of these churches in my prior post.

At this rate, the postcards from two months in Italy will take a year to be delivered.


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