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Santa Maria della Vita

Address: Via Clavature 10, 40124 Bologna, Italy
Phone Number: 051 236245
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Ranked #6 of 130 Attractions in Bologna
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Churches/ Cathedrals, Sights & Landmarks
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Type: Churches/ Cathedrals, Sights & Landmarks

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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

This sanctuary has a magnificent dome perhaps the biggest in Bologna. Also in this church one can see 'The Lament over the Dead Christ' by Nicolo' dell'Arca which in my opinion is fabuluos. We also liked the museum and the baroque oratory where we could admire the sculptures by Alfonso Lombardi-;The funerals of Our Lady'.

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Bologna, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

In the Church you can find the "Compianto" by Niccolò dell'Arca. It's an incredible group of statues, you must see it, it's pretty unique

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Imperia, Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

Do spend 15 minutes inside when you walk across. The 'Compianto sul Cristo morto' is worth much more than that.

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High Point, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

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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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
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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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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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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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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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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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