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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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Santa Maria della Vita

You could almost walk past it.Free entry. Very impressive. In the sanctuary there are terracotta sculptures. Then bravely walk past Italian lady into the Oratory. Stunning.

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

You could almost walk past it.Free entry. Very impressive. In the sanctuary there are terracotta sculptures. Then bravely walk past Italian lady into the Oratory. Stunning.

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Brussels, Belgium
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Visiting this Sanctuary should be done by walking from the port of Saragossa (Bologna) Heavy walk, 220m climbing in about 7,3 km. Buy water before it starts rising. Heavy but worth while. Some people use it as a jogging, but I suppose one have to trained for that.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Unfortunately they don't allow photos inside. Houses a very good terra cotta sculpture mourning death of Christ.

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Geneva, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

While San Petronio on Piazza Maggiore is better to forget, Sanctuary of Santa Maria della Vita is a must-see (like Santo Stefano). The church is beautiful and there are different spots such a museum to visit. Friendly volunteers will guide you in it. All free of charge.

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Munich, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

The main attraction here is the group of terra cotta sculptures made by Niccolo dell'Arca in the 15th century. What spoiled the whole experience was the two Trip Advisor signs at the entrance to the church. I do think Trip Advisor is great and use it for all my trips but when a church with an important work of art... More 

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Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Beautiful Church, in the downtown of Bologna. Your mind will get relaxed and rejuvenated. Paintings on the roof are impressive. Inside Church some parts are restricted for prayers only and not allowed for just visiting

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Bologna
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015 via mobile

It was a rainy day when we decided to visit this basilica on the top of the hill near by Bologna. It's a long arcaded way, but when you reach the basilica you recognise that every step is absolutely worth. This place has a beautiful view to the mountains, and a beautiful garden where you can take a bit of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

Right on top of the hill above the city this wonderful church is a must see in Bologna. Take the tour to the top and get some insights along the way.

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Flitwick, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

This little gem down a side street is not the most obvious as you walk past, but as you step in it is jaw droppingly beautiful. It is quite compact but very tall and the way the light enters below the dome is amazing. The main attraction is an amazing set of sculptures that clearly inspired a similar setting at... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

We almost walked straight past this church, thinking the sculpture would be a workaday late-Renaissance effort- what a mistake that would have been. I have honestly never seen anything like this tableau. The church used to be linked to a hospital and there's a theory that Niccolo dell'Arca took inspiration from the pained and the grieving faces he encountered. The... More 

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