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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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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
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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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170 helpful votes 170 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
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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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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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68 helpful votes 68 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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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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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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39 helpful votes 39 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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