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Sanctuary of Santa Maria della Vita

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Address: Via Clavature 10, 40124 Bologna, Italy
Phone Number: +39 051 236245
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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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Julia F
Stockholm, Sweden

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Stockholm, Sweden
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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 2 weeks ago

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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Cardiff, South Glam
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2015

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.

Thank tonyalvor
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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.

Thank HelenBNorway
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.

Thank Shirk77
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

A small church with some beautiful art, definitely worth the €3 entry fee. Notably there were two beautiful sculptures and, at the time of our visit, some modern portraits. Definitely a must visit.

Thank Sindhu N
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

We happened upon this lovely church by accident - it's easy to miss as the entrance is small and inconspicuous. The terracotta statues - Compianto del Cristo Morto - are breathtaking and well worth the 3 euro entrance fee.We were in Bologna during the photography biennale, and the exhibition showing in this church, by a French photographer, Pierre Gonnord, was... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015

In this small street in the center of Bologna ,you will find this beautiful church ,perfect for a pray and light a candle.It is my favorite I have many memory of this church ,the only think ,they charge you now 3 Euro for see this gourges group of statue at the right of the altar Compianto sul Cristo morto di... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2015

This is a beautiful church. Really easy to miss though - the entrance is unassuming. A real surprise when you walk in - it's really magnificent.

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