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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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Beautiful, Small Church, close to central square

-This beautiful church is close to central square and one should certainly see this church, if you are in Bologna. (will take max one hour ); We stumbled upon this beautiful... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 23, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

-This beautiful church is close to central square and one should certainly see this church, if you are in Bologna. (will take max one hour ); We stumbled upon this beautiful architecture while wandering, and how lucky we were. ( It will help, if you read a bit before visiting ) . - The staff are so helpful, that they... More 

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Dublin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

we spent some considerable time here and had read up on the history of the church in advance. This really helped us to get the special atmosphere of this truly beautiful space.

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Cluj-Napoca, Romania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

Make sure you also visit the upper room, where there is different terracotta statue. Read a few words in advance or search for the explanations you can appreciate what you are seeing.

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

We stumbled on this church whilst wandering around Bologna. Entry is free and there is an attached museum which is also free. The highlights are two groups of terracotta statues which are unusual and worth seeing.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

Church Santa Maria della Vita is a place to contemplate the great emotion felt by women over the death of Christ. The life-sized sculptures by Niccolo dell'Arca in the 15th century are very dramatic, memorable and moving.

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Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

visit the "compianto" that's unique because is made by painted "terracotta", unusual material. Really different from classic statues, it's so modern, a different way to show the sorrow. Please visit also the museum

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

It is a hidden treasure in the heart of Bologna. Very little church with very nice interior spaces and the unique terracote sculptures. You must see this spot.

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Surrey, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

We were told about the statues of the four Mary's and Joseph at the tomb of Our Lord by our tour guide - interesting, worth a look.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

Close to central square in Bologna, the Church Santa Maria della Vita is yet hidden to many tourists. Its main attraction is the famous sculpture Lamentation over the dead Christ, which is a must when visiting Bologna. It is fascinating to see the realistic features in this group of sculptures

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

Amazing terracotta full size 15th century statues THE COMPIANTO . Upstairs there is a museum and further life size terracotta works of art. There were also 2 x A4 sheets describing them IN ENGLISH. Out of all the places we visited this was only the second place we went to that had anything in English. Well done to all involved,... More 

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