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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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Niccolo dell'Arca

This church is a small wonder. The Compianto sul Christo Morto is an amazing piece. Pictorial reproductions do not really prepare you for the visceral impact of this work - so... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This church is a small wonder. The Compianto sul Christo Morto is an amazing piece. Pictorial reproductions do not really prepare you for the visceral impact of this work - so unlike so much other church art. That it is made of terracotta and has survived so long is miraculous. Yes, you do have to pay 3 euros to see... More 

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2017

This is well worth a visit. It looks small from the outside but is amazing inside. The Compianto sul Cristo Morto is stunning and a definite must if you visit Bologna

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Florida
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017

The Compianto sul Cristo Morto, made of terracotta by Niccolo dell'Arca, is worth seeing and is truly a remarkable work of art. However I really resent paying 3 Euro per person for a view of this set of figures inside of a church. I would have understood a donation request however there is no need for the church to deny... More 

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Bucharest, Romania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017

Much more impressive on the inside than on the outside. Like San Pietro, is somewhat tucked between larger palazzos and so on. But the inside is impressive. The Compianto sul Cristo Morto, worked in terracotta by Niccolo dell'Arca, is worth seeing (costs 3 euros).The visit to the Oratorio is free, and is has a small, but beautiful and well-curated art... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017

The statues showing the grief of the followers of Jesus over his body are very life-like and moving, but you will have to pay 3 euros for the privilege of seeing them. Worth it, though.

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Tempe, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2016

This church houses dell'Arca's Compianto, a group of terracotta figures depicting the Lamentation. The figure of Mary Magdalene is one of the most powerful sculptures of the Italian Renaissance. It is truly awesome. You will not forget it.

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Reading, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016

Worth visiting, the inside holds more beauty than the exterior could ever suggest. I believe there is a charge to enter however my boyfriend and I were able to go inside with the Bologna Welcome walking tour for free. The Compianto sul Cristo morto statue is incredible to behold.

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2016

a must see, to find back this peace feeling that you have lost in your travels. check every corner and visit around sunset.

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Gladwyne, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

The church isn't too impressive from the outside, but inside it is very special with an amazing collection of life size terra cotta figures showing extreme emotions (extra fee to enter), We were told by a woman working there to go up to the Oratorio, which is free, to see more amazing stautes and artwork.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

Other reviewers have been so effusive that I hesitate to either diminish or extol the place. I thought it was a precious treasure, a small gem with a lovely, remarkable, life-sized grouping of terracotta sculptures. What make an impression was what a lovely whole the place was. This relatively small church is ornate, but not overdone despite its baroque dressing.... More 

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