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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 weeks ago

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 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

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,...More

Thank 80Shelley
Reviewed 19 May 2017

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...More

Thank Geraldine W
Reviewed 17 May 2017 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...More

Thank Mordy1960
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What is dress code to go in sanctuary ?
30 August 2015|
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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.