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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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Emotional terracottas

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Edmonton, Canada
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Edmonton, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 2 weeks ago 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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Braga, Portugal
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Maybe the most beautiful church in the town. It is very small but the roof is very nice. It worth the visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 weeks ago

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 July 9, 2016 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2016

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.

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Sebring, FL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2016

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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