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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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The building archtechture and historical value are awesome! If it wasn't for getting hungry, I could have spent hours there. Deffinately a must see while in Bolongia.

Reviewed 3 days ago
Ida C
Los Angeles, California
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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The building archtechture and historical value are awesome! If it wasn't for getting hungry, I could have spent hours there. Deffinately a must see while in Bolongia.

Thank Ida C
Bristol, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

It's easy to miss this place in Bologna, you are walking around amazed at how beautiful the city is and could walk straight past. Thankfully my husband is very inquisitive and we did visit. It was just amazing. We went two days in a row, one day it was just a quick visit as we were meeting up a larger... More 

Thank 80Shelley
London, England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The church itself is very beautiful but the real must see is the Group of Sorrow over Dead Christ by Niccolo dell'Arca. These terracotta sculptures are life size and the anguish on the faces takes your breath away. There is a 3 euro cost but you can visit the art of the first floor and discount to other museums so... More 

Thank Geraldine W
London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We happened on this church whilst walking through the market and I have to say what a spectacle this piece of art is. The cost is 3 euro and for that you get to see the 1st floor art also and it gives you discount to 3 other museums. Do not miss this . It is wonderful .

Thank Mordy1960
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Very easy visit to this church, just few steps from Piazza Maggiore. Ticket 3 euro (free access to church) for the sculptural group of Sorrow over Dead Christ (1463) by Niccolò dell'Arca, it worths the cost. They are real size and impressive. No tickets for oratory. There you can admire a group of 14 huge statues in terracotta, 1522. If... More 

Thank ReviewsItaly
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

On our stop in Bolgona we make a cirquit around old city. Chiesa di Santa Maria is enormous and beautifull. Also surounded small street with local specialities

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Budapest, Hungary
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Not a destination attraction like Santa Stefano or the basilica, but worth a look while walking in the area. On the other hand, you'll find it calming and less crowded when you've had enough of the hustle and bustle.

Thank Stan W
Leeds, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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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Reviewed April 17, 2017

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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Reviewed March 25, 2017

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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