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Postcards from Bologna
Bologna - Basilica di S. Francesco
Bologna - Basilica di S. Francesco
Bernardo di Quintavalle, one of the first disciples of Francis, reached Bologna in 1218 and founded a community. In 1222 the Saint Francis from Assisi himself came to Bologna where he preached in Piazza Maggiore. In 1235 the community began to built their church, by starting with the apse. The church was completed in 1254 and work on the facade ended in 1263. It is one of the first Gothic places of worship ever built in Italy. The tomb of Accursius and his son Francis were built here in 1250.