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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 3 weeks ago

There are so many beautiful churches in Bologna comprising of painted ceilings, ornate columns, simple side chapels, all of which are very imposing.

Thank Sunseeker215
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Just next to the market and a gem! Beautiful interior and a haven from the heat. The altars are very elaborate & I lit a candle & said a prayer for loved ones. Love it!

Thank Scotrav1
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Interesting church with a surprising twist, which costs a few euros to see. Yes it is worth is. Would recommend that you make the effort.

Thank Valentino S
Reviewed 11 June 2017

Although this church was built in the 12th century, it appeared more like a modern one that is not overly ornate or decorated. The one big draw here was the life-sized terracotta figures on the side of the altar - called Compianto del Cristo Morto...More

Thank Tony D
Reviewed 3 June 2017

A rare sculpture by the mysterious Nicolo is in a side chapel strangely neglected by most guidebooks This is agony at its most baroque, of a kind with the ecstasy of Santa Teresa. You are horrified and them hypnotized by the depth of religious meanings....More

Thank Ellen S
Reviewed 31 May 2017

My wife normally does the detailed itinerary planning for what we will do and see in any given location. If, as often happens, our holiday is a last-minute thing, then I may have little idea of what activities and sights may have a place in...More

Thank PJandSJ
Reviewed 28 May 2017

The statues by Niccolo' dell'Arca in the church of Santa Maria della vita are something so beautiful, so out of this world...And to think you have to pay only 3 € to see them...And I am not even catholic (anymore)...The grief on the faces is...More

Thank Flanders59
Reviewed 26 May 2017

But please look inside. From the ouside just a small entrance but go inside. Fabulous. Paid the 3 euros and worth it but even if you prefer not to pay make sure you visit all on offer.

Thank cdBolton
Reviewed 25 May 2017

Without a doubt, this was my favorite church in Bologna. Located near the market, and sandwiched between other buildings, you could easily miss it. From the street, you may not even recognize that its a street. The interior is certainly ornate enough to impress. But,...More

Thank Bill A
Reviewed 22 May 2017

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
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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.