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Santa Maria della Vita

Via Clavature 10, 40124 Bologna, Italy
051 236245
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Ranked #12 of 127 attractions in Bologna
Type: Churches/ Cathedrals
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Tehran, Iran
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95 reviews 95 reviews
32 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014 NEW

Amazing, nice , peaceful, beautiful...alll at the same time. Nice paintings, rich architecture. Can spend hours here

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New York City, New York
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86 reviews 86 reviews
43 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014

Churches say a lot about the city attached. This one is a little simple, but still quite beautiful. They seem to have a new "no photos" rule, or maybe they don't have it all the time, I don't know, but we weren't able to get many shots. Otherwise, we loved the place.

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Algonac, Michigan
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39 reviews 39 reviews
10 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014

As with most of the city, the churches are incredible to see. Make sure to take the time to stop by here and see the art, sculptures and history of the building. You will be truly amazed of the entire place.

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Portland, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2014

Really amazing statues that capture the sense of the renaissance. Worth spending time just being with them.

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19 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2014

The sculptures are hidden in a small recess on the ought side. You cannot see them on entering the church so you must go up o the Altar and turn right. Extremely expressive, unusual sculptures.

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noordwijk
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67 reviews 67 reviews
12 attraction reviews
121 helpful votes 121 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

Honestly we didn't pay much attention to the church itself, what we went in for was the terracotta statues by Niccolo dell'arca, and it was amazing. The expression and the movement that the artist has created is truly amazing, you feel the emotions of the characters as if they were real. Don't hesitate to walk in and look for the... More

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UK
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51 reviews 51 reviews
33 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

The terracotta statues were were the highlight. The experssion of Mary Magdalene and the sense of movement were impressive and the whole tableau is worth the visit.

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Ledbury
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2013

The hike up to the Santa Maria is via a covered portico (666 arches) rising 1000 feet in 3.2 kms. but there is a tourist "train" which makes an hourly run, with a tour audio guide. For eu10 this is good value for the unfit.

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Bologna, Italy
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13 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2013

This little church - Santuario di Santa Maria della Vita - is in Via Clavature, 10, in-between Piazza Maggiore and Via Castiglione, just off the "Pavaglione" porticos, open most days, with free admittance. Don't miss the spectacular terra cotta sculpture group of the "Pietà" (Compianto del Cristo Morto), one of the most impressive & expressive masterpieces of the Italian sculpture,... More

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Clive, Iowa
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2013

This monumental site is the most important example of Baroque architecture in Bologna. It includes the sanctuary, which houses the famous terracotta sculptures "Compianto Sullivan Cristo Morto".

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