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Chiesa di Santa Maria della Vita

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Address: Via Clavature 10, 40124 Bologna, Italy
Phone Number: +39 051 236245
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Unexpected gems inside this Church

Inside the church is a fantastic 15th century group of sculptures by Niccolo dell'Arca that captures the horror of seeing Christ dead. The 3 euro charge was well worth it. And... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Inside the church is a fantastic 15th century group of sculptures by Niccolo dell'Arca that captures the horror of seeing Christ dead. The 3 euro charge was well worth it. And upstairs in the adjoining museum for free is another interesting group of sculpture of the apostles surrounding the dead Virgin by Lombardi.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

If you're going to visit absolutely walk up the portico. It's about 4km and gets steep in parts but it's a lovely walk and makes the arrival seem like an accomplishment.

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Thank Lizz H
brisbane
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015

Don't leave Bologna without visiting Santa Maria della Vita. It is truly stunning inside. Allow at least 40 mins to appreciate all the frescoes.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2015

No matter how many churches you visit in Italy they all impress and this is no different. With glorious art and sculpture .

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Stockholm, Sweden
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2015 via mobile

There is so much to look at in the Sanctuary: statues, art, murals. Absolutely breahtaking. Friendly staff who go above and beyond to help you find your way (in Italian, even if you don't understand...). The most beautiful place in Bologna we've seen so far, and hard to imagine finding anything else. There was a small fee of 3 euros... More 

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2015

OK it is a lovely church and worth seeing but the fee for the statues is too much and I felt it was not worth it and my time and money would have been better spent elsewhere, The group of figures is not a major attraction.

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Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2015

This church has easy access and should be visited by anyone interested in art and history. The church is vast and filled with memorable art. What is most incredible is located in a side area of the church: life-sized carvings of individuals reacting to the sight of the body of Christ. The artist as captured true human agony as well... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2015 via mobile

Don't miss this if your in Bologna. The terracotta sculptures are stunning and moving and well worth 3€. If it's still there the photo exhibition upstairs is not to be missed and the film of the Spanish miners screen test is entrancing.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

Loved this little church that looks rather unimpressive from the outside, but that has great cuppolas, amazing terracotta statues (3euro) and currently a photo exhibition. well worth a stop to look at this place.

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Blonay, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

The church itself is nice but the highlight is certainly the amazing Sorrow over Dead Christ terracotta sculptures.

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