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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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Smaller church but nonetheless beautiful, calm and peaceful. On one of the side streets off piazza maggiore towards the market. Pop in whilst passing by

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Smaller church but nonetheless beautiful, calm and peaceful. On one of the side streets off piazza maggiore towards the market. Pop in whilst passing by

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Coronado, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a beautiful church and the central draw is the "Sorrow over Dead Christ" by Niccolò dell' Arca. (1463). It is an incredible piece by one the 2-3 top artists in all of Italy (in our view). See his marble pieces in Santa Dominica in this city.

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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I don't understand how people can complain about a small €3 charge to see such amazing artwork. Who pays the staff & the upkeep of the building (and by the way the staff were lovely). The rest of this church is amazing and free of charge but don't miss out on Compianto sul Cristo morto it really is a very... More 

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Carovigno, Italy
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Reviewed March 8, 2017 via mobile

Magnificent structure. I have seen many churches and this ranks among the best. Well worth the visit

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Scotland, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed March 7, 2017

I took the lazy route on the little tourist train-bus which was very bumpy and juddery. This church is still very much used for worship and prayer so it is best to pay due respect during the visit. It is a beautiful space with an air of quiet contemplation. The light levels in November were not conducive to gaining good... More 

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Perth, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed February 15, 2017

This church is a small wonder. The Compianto sul Christo Morto is an amazing piece. Pictorial reproductions do not really prepare you for the visceral impact of this work - so unlike so much other church art. That it is made of terracotta and has survived so long is miraculous. Yes, you do have to pay 3 euros to see... More 

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed January 10, 2017

This is well worth a visit. It looks small from the outside but is amazing inside. The Compianto sul Cristo Morto is stunning and a definite must if you visit Bologna

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Florida
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Reviewed January 8, 2017

The Compianto sul Cristo Morto, made of terracotta by Niccolo dell'Arca, is worth seeing and is truly a remarkable work of art. However I really resent paying 3 Euro per person for a view of this set of figures inside of a church. I would have understood a donation request however there is no need for the church to deny... More 

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Bucharest, Romania
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Reviewed January 6, 2017

Much more impressive on the inside than on the outside. Like San Pietro, is somewhat tucked between larger palazzos and so on. But the inside is impressive. The Compianto sul Cristo Morto, worked in terracotta by Niccolo dell'Arca, is worth seeing (costs 3 euros).The visit to the Oratorio is free, and is has a small, but beautiful and well-curated art... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed January 2, 2017

The statues showing the grief of the followers of Jesus over his body are very life-like and moving, but you will have to pay 3 euros for the privilege of seeing them. Worth it, though.

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