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Postcards from Bologna
Bologna - Basilica di Santo Stefano
Bologna - Basilica di Santo Stefano
In 392, St. Ambrose, bishop of Milan, found here in the Jewish cemetery the relics of the Martyr Saints Vitale and Agricola from Bolonia and placed them in a small chapel. In 727 the Longobards, after conquering the town, made the shrine their main religious centre in Bolonga. After a period of neglect, the Benedictine Brothers took over at the end of 10th century and started a complete renewal at the beginning of the 11th century. From then on the basilica with its maze of churches, courtyards, chapels, passageways was restored many times.