Chiesa di Santa Maria della Vita

Chiesa di Santa Maria della Vita, Bologna

Chiesa di Santa Maria della Vita

Chiesa di Santa Maria della Vita
4.5
Religious Sites • Churches & Cathedrals
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Neighborhood: Santo Stefano
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Ieva K
Vilnius, Lithuania4 contributions
two impressive sculptures inside
Jan 2020 • Solo
The church is very small, you need to buy a ticket to see the ” Lamentation over the dead Christ” terracotta figures, but with the same ticket you can visit the Oratory upstairs where impressive sculpture ”Transit of the Virgin” by Alfonso Lombardi is based.
Written February 11, 2020
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Reservoirboy
Clifton Hill, Australia1,653 contributions
Hidden Wonder
Jan 2020 • Couples
New Years Day so not much was open and we literally stumbled across this church. At first we had no idea and I even had to ask what the display was about. But wow, what a find. Home to the most stunning terracotta sculptures of the Compianto duo Christo Morto and then upstairs a beautiful room boasting more statues and beautiful art. Once used as a hospital during the war, history abounds. A must see.
Written January 3, 2020
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Mairwen1
United Kingdom4,060 contributions
Hidden Gem - Only minutes from Piazza Maggiore
May 2019
It is kind of easy to miss this church because it doesn't stand out in the street. It’s tall and narrow and you can easily walk past the modest exterior without noticing it if you’re not actually looking for it.
It is not a must-see but it is only minutes from Piazza Maggiore so it is easy to do a quick detour to have a look (and entry is free). Inside it is a very pretty church, with a largely white and cream and gold interior. It’s richly decorated in the lavish Baroque style with a grand dome.
There are some extra artworks like The Lamentation by Dell’Arca (1463) which will cost €4 if you want to see them. I have to say that I thought this was quite a lot to see this work. I'd only recommend paying for this if you have a special interest in sculpture or religious art.
The background history of the church was intriguing. In the 1200s, a religious order called the Battuti helped pilgrims and ran a hospital on the site where they took in and cared for people who were homeless, sick or dying. You have to wonder what would have happened to these poor people in the 1200s if it weren't for the Battuti. When they weren’t caring for others, they were whipping themselves because they were also a flagellant order (‘Battuti’ means ‘beaten’) - such a strange concept in modern times.
The church was destroyed at one stage by an earthquake but was rebuilt in the 1600s and a dome was added.
Written December 2, 2019
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Peggy S
Staten Island, NY38 contributions
Hidden Beauty!
Oct 2019
My husband and I recently stopped in this church while walking through the market area. It is easy to miss because of the crowds and all the activity. It is worth a visit and has been recently renovated. It is a peaceful stop in a busy area.
Written November 11, 2019
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Sally-Anne H
Stourbridge, UK53 contributions
Lamentations
Nov 2019 • Couples
An interesting baroque church interior which is free. The terracotta figures depicting the anguished close friends of the crucified Christ cost 4Euros to view. The artist certainly conveys the agony of Mary Magdalene and others at as they come to terms with the death of their Saviour.
Written November 1, 2019
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Jamie C
Norwich, UK389 contributions
Stunning
Oct 2019 • Friends
Stunning. The architecture and decore is absolutely stunning! I think its really worth visiting this place to take in the beauty and history.
Written October 27, 2019
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Patricia G
Inverness, Scotland, United Kingdom161 contributions
Beautiful
Oct 2019
It is in Via Clavature which is very busy at all times. The church is beautiful inside with interesting works.
It is very much worth paying €4 to see the Lamentation of Christ. A display of terracotta figures representing Joseph of Arimathea, Mary the mother of James and John, the Madonna, John the Beloved apostle, Mary of Clopas and Mary Magdalene lamenting over the body of Christ. It was amazing!
Written October 23, 2019
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David E
Conwy, UK194 contributions
Stunning interior with fascinating exhibit of terra cotta figures
Sep 2019
Not the largest of the many churches in Bologna but certainly one of the more interesting. The baroque interior of the nave is lavishly decorated and has several individual side chapels. Entry is free although there is an admission charge of 4 euros to see the terra cotta figures depicting the Lamentation over the Dead Christ which are located in a side area adjacent to the stunning altar. The expressions on the faces of the grieving figures are very moving and thought to have been modelled on the faces of the sick and suffering inmates of a hospital complex which was located on the site in ancient times.
Written September 25, 2019
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Coastal56998779221
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Beautiful church that is worth a look.
Sep 2019
The church is famous for a group of life-size terracotta statues depicting the lamentation over Christ. It is an impressive scene. I particularly liked the four masonry statues mounted beneath the dome. This very impressive baroque church has several more significant sculptures by early renaissance masters.
Written September 14, 2019
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nativronen
Bologna, Italy194 contributions
Amazing terracotta statues
Sep 2019 • Couples
These old real-size realistic figures are unique. Even after tou think you know what to expect - it is still amazing.
Written September 8, 2019
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