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Chiesa di Santa Maria della Vita

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Address: Via Clavature 10, 40124 Bologna, Italy
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This is a small church but really lovely, it is free to enter but you must pay to see the famous terra cotta statues.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW

This is a small church but really lovely, it is free to enter but you must pay to see the famous terra cotta statues.

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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Had to visit this church to see the Niccolo dell'Arca terracotta figures that featured in the BBC4 "Renaissance Unchained" series by Waldemar Januszczak. These sculptures are in the sanctuary side chapel and worth the E3 charge to view them. Hard to believe that they date from 15thC.

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Tonbridge, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Worth a visit to see the life-size statues in the church and the oratory upstairs. A surprising find and very interesting.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Pay the €3 to see the diorama of Jesus after being on the cross! There is a stunning accompanying explanation and the attention to detail is beautiful

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

You will never looking at the photos think this is worth much of a look in ; but don't be fooled , this is a real hidden gem.

Thank Simon C
Sebring, FL
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We rented an apartment on Via Clavature in Bologna basically for the view and proximity to Piazza Maggiore with its various activities but were pleasantly suprised on our first foray out and about to encounter this beautiful church just down the via! There were services daily in the morning and on Wednesday and Sunday at 1030 and 1830. The church... More 

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Weston super Mare, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A church is a church is a church? When you've seen one you've seen them all? Or just think you have. This is different. Yes it's still a religious building but what makes it an experience of a different kind is how you arrive there. And, if you're unfit that will be by ambulance if you don't take your time!... More 

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Wickford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2016

Had a good look round the Iconic church, which charged nothing for entrance, although there are collection boxes in you want to donate. It is very tranquil although right in the centre of town. Also very good souvenir shop which you can visit to show your support to the monks.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2016

This small Baroque style church with dome was built in 1690 and is located near Piazza Maggiore in the center of Bologna. The green octagonal dome wasn't completed, however, until 1787 while the façade was finished in 1905. The ornate oval interior has a single nave surrounded by richly decorated chapels and a frescoed domed apse. The marble high altar... More 

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Sofia, Bulgaria
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2016 via mobile

Must see, hidden among picturesque shops in the very centre of Bologna, colourful church, remnant of old glory

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