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Chiesa di Santa Maria della Vita

Via Clavature 10, 40124 Bologna, Italy
+39 051 236245
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“terra cotta” (15 reviews)
Via Clavature 10, 40124 Bologna, Italy
+39 051 236245
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Reviewed November 27, 2017

This is a beautiful building. One of the highlights is the moving collection of terracotta figures, the Compianato sul Christo morto by Niccolo dell'Arca. In the nearby oratory there are more beautiful terracotta figures by Alfonso Lombardi. They are well woth seeing.

Thank ES1211
Reviewed November 23, 2017

Tiny church with a treasure inside. The Sanctuary of Santa Maria della Vita is located in the city center, in via Clavature 10, very close to the main square, Piazza Maggiore. Inside the church is the “Compianto sul Cristo Morto”, a moving and powerful sculptural...More

Thank Barbara B
Reviewed November 18, 2017

Worth a visit if you are in the area. Fairly modest by comparison with other churches in the region, but still beautiful.

Thank David C
Reviewed November 7, 2017

Read about this church on TA. Entrance to church is free but you have to pay 3 euros to see The Lamentation over the dead body of Christ and the Oratory. Well worth it. The details of the terracotta sculpture is incredible. Especially the figure...More

Reviewed November 3, 2017

A must visit in Bologna to see dell'Arca's Il Companiato which must be the most understated art work in history. A beautiful and moving experience. Church is closed on Monday's

Thank Ian H
Reviewed October 29, 2017 via mobile

The exterior doesn't draw attention, but the interior is calm and beautiful. Take a few moments and visit this church!

Thank ralu_seby
Reviewed October 27, 2017 via mobile

What makes this church stand out from the many other churches in Bologna are the statues in this church. Entrance is free. A must see.

Thank JustLoveToFly
Reviewed October 23, 2017

Well worth the visit. Did not disappoint in any way. Visited as many churches/chapel as we could when in Bologna and this one certainly didnt come up short.

Thank Murray L
Reviewed October 3, 2017

We read about the oratory outside the church and went in. We were told it was closed and must have looked dejected because an elderly, non English speaking woman took us upstairs. They were repairing the cracks in the floor and didn't want anyone stepping...More

Thank Steve S
Reviewed September 25, 2017 via mobile

We had walked past this church a number of times before going inside on a walking tour. FANTASTIC. The history of the church and the terracotta figures are a must. Free entry and be respectful of where you are.

Thank Chris P
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Response from allus | Reviewed this property |
I was not aware of a formal dress code on my visit but it makes sense to just dress respectfully with no bare shoulders or shorts, as other contributers have suggested. This will likely only be an issue in summer months.