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Santa Maria della Vita

Via Clavature 10, 40124 Bologna, Italy
051 236245
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Ranked #9 of 136 Attractions in Bologna
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Churches/ Cathedrals
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High Point, North Carolina
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53 reviews 53 reviews
7 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

I wish I could shrink this church and bring it home with me so that every Sunday I could sit in a different place and just look at all the amazing side altars, wall paintings and carvings. I sat in church this morning looking at blank white walls and wished I was there.

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Tucson, Arizona
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

I had a few hours to wander Bologna one afternoon and came upon this church. Like almost all churches in Italy, this one is no exception as the art is incredible however, one unique item inside is the set of sculptures by Niccola Dell'Arca. The sculptures represent various persons who are around Jesus after taken down from the cross, Mary,... More

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Seoul, South Korea
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

There is a beautiful terracotta piece in this church 'Compianto sul Cristo morto' by Niccolò dell'Arca. It is a beautiful piece with unbelievably detailed expression from the people seeing the death of the Christ. There is another piece by dell'Arca on the second floor of the connected building. Don't miss it!

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Dublin, Ireland
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118 attraction reviews
175 helpful votes 175 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

This is the church hosting the famous "Compianto" by Niccolo Dell'Arca which is one of the most beautiful piece of art I have ever seen. Upstairs there is another Compianto located in a chapel with other beautiful paintings. A must see in Bologna.

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Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
10 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Followed my guide book and found this little treasure, you can easily miss it on the Via in such an unassuming looking church among the hustle and bustle. Wasn't sure I was in the right place, until I turned right at the top of the church, and there was the most evocative sculpture I think I have seen. The movement... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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51 reviews 51 reviews
17 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

See some of Michaelangelo's early work in a beautiful baroque church. Be sure to put your donation of .20 euros (cents) in the donation box before entering or taking pictures. We saw many people get called out and chastised for not donating first.

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Tehran, Iran
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180 reviews 180 reviews
58 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

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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43 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 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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40 reviews 40 reviews
10 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 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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