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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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Do not miss this church and its Oratorio!!!

This church seems pretty nondescript from the outside. It's in a little alleyway and you'll miss it if you weren't looking for it. But... you MUST look for it! The church itself... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
Mandaluyong, Philippines
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Brussels, Belgium
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We had only a few hours in Bologna so we took a bus instead of walking through the arched pathway. We went there for the panoramic view but we were a little disappointed. The church is on top of the hill which provides a nice panaroma of Bologna.

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Mandaluyong, Philippines
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This church seems pretty nondescript from the outside. It's in a little alleyway and you'll miss it if you weren't looking for it. But... you MUST look for it! The church itself is quite small compared to the other grand basilicas/cathedrals/churches in Italy but its Oratorio makes up for what it lacks in size and grandeur. If you're facing the... More 

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Athens, Greece
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We saw many churches in the Bologna historic Centre, and they were all great. But Santa Maria Della Vita, was the greatest! Small, but so peaceful and artful!!! The four statues with their inscriptions in Greek are very impresive! If you have to see one church, that should be Santa Maria della Vita!

Thank Βαρβάρα Π
Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I kept walking passed as it's not obvious. Firstly when you enter the church is small but so ornate. It has a beautifully painted dome and beautiful statues. But the winner for me are the Terracotta statues, well worth the €3. I'm not sure what I expected but they are amazing! Mesmerising even. Don't miss it.

Thank Theresa D
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The terracotta statues in this church have to be one of my favourite things in Bologna. Simply amazing for their fluidity and emotional expression. Costs 3 euros for entry. The church is very close to P. Maggiore.

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Townsville, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

You could easily miss this tiny church when visiting Bologna but don't! The terracotta statues in the church downstairs are incredibly moving, the facial expressions are so anguished. There is also a lovely oratorio upstairs with another beautiful set of terracotta statues and an amazing ceiling. Right in the middle of the Quadrilatero so easy to access.

Thank Jo M
Belfast, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2016 via mobile

Beautiful church, tucked away on via Clavature, but the real treasures are the 2 groups of terracotta statues: one in the Oratorio (the Transit of the Madonna) and the second in the Sanctuary (the Lamentation of the Christ). The latter group is simply breathtaking. The expressions of horror and sorrow on the faces (particularly Mary Magdalene) are stunning and truly... More 

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Edmonton, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2016

The smallish church is a pleasant, but not overly exciting, Baroque one. It would probably be just another "church tourist attraction" if it weren't for the fact that it has one of the most emotionally expressive and shocking group of sculptures ever created in art history. It is called "Lamentation Over the Dead Body of Christ" by the 15th-century artist... More 

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Mons, Belgium
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2016 via mobile

As is often the case, I find the "lesser" churches to be more beautiful than a city's duomo. This church is breathtaking with classic Italian architecture. Do not miss it.

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Salem, Massachusetts, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2016

A lovely Italian church. What makes it super special is Compianto sul Cristo morto, the sculptures by Niccolò dell’Arca. This group of terra cotta statues will move you to tears. My favorite work of art in Italy, perhaps in the world. Go see it.

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