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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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1 - 10 of 194 reviews

Reviewed 1 week ago

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 2 weeks ago 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
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Church like many in Italy.Easy located in close to city centre so if you have nothing else to do....

Thank Daniel K
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The church was part of a hospital and was founded around 1250 by the Congregation of Flagelatti, whose members, as the name suggests, used to whip themselves. It was rebuilt in the 17th century and while the church itself is interesting, if you pay E3...More

Thank AJJS1
Reviewed 28 July 2017

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 26 July 2017 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 16 July 2017

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
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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.