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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 2 days ago

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 1 week ago

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 2 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago 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 3 weeks ago 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 4 weeks ago

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 4 October 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 25 September 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
Reviewed 14 September 2017

Forget about the wooded terracotta sculptures about the death of Christ which are pretty grotesque and NOT to everyone's taste. (will give some people nightmares for weeks) But you should go upstairs to the Oratory and check out the sculptures there. They are 10 times...More

Thank FlyingScotsman150
Reviewed 4 September 2017 via mobile

The church is small, but it's really charming. The sculptures and the paintings are very beautiful, and they are combined perfectly to create a really magical place.

Thank Puri 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.