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Via Clavature 10, 40124 Bologna, Italy
+39 051 236245
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All reviews dead christ terra cotta terracotta figures cristo morto life size small church mary magdalene beautiful church italian renaissance facial expressions euro charge small fee entrance fee visiting bologna well worth the visit the main square oratory
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Reviewed 5 January 2019

Chiesa di Santa Maria della Vitais one of the jewels of Bologna. The church itself is a beautiful example of Baroque architecture however the most important point of this church is the Compianto sul Cristo morto, which is a group of terracotta statues, situated in...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Flyngdtchmn
Reviewed 3 January 2019 via mobile

This is one of my favourite churches in Bologna, the church itself is impressive with wonderful architecture but the real treasure is the wooden sculpture of Christ which is really quite amazing. Definitely worth a visit.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank steve_vstheworld
Reviewed 2 January 2019

The church/former hospital is historic for many reasons. But the fact that it has the 15th century Niccolo dell'Arca sculpture "Compianto sul Cristo Morto” makes it worthwhile. The piece, which is a terra cotta representation of those lamenting over the body of the crucified Christ,...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank bmenner
Reviewed 22 December 2018

This group of statues, figures lamenting the dead Chruist is pure drama and incredibly moving. Well worth seeing

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank marilyn a
Reviewed 16 December 2018

A magnificent Roman Catholic church, hidden in the heart of Bologna. There is an entrance fee (4 €), but it totally worth it. The group of life sized terracotta statues is a truly impressive site.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank doppelganger_et
Reviewed 2 December 2018

This small church on Via Clavatura 8, is unprepossessing from the outside but hidden on the right side of the church near the altar is one of the most remarkable works of art in bologna. Yes, you do have to pay 4 euros to see...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank HannahHC2015
Reviewed 21 November 2018

Amazing sight to see. Hard to imagine they were made over 500 years ago and have been preserved all this time. A group of school children were there at the time we visited so we got a chance to hear some commentary as well. Extraordinary.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Rockland1792
Reviewed 6 November 2018

A friend had studied the university in Bologna so I asked his advice and this was on the list. admittedly he was studying art, so was perhaps a little biased in his selection. Unbelievably fabulous. the kind of art work that you cannot just walk...More

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank Joanna H
Reviewed 1 November 2018

The terracotta figures at SM della Vita were a must see for me. The anguish on the women’s faces and swirling, frenetic motion brought me to tears. You have to pay a small fee to see them, don’t miss it.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank KatherineHPat
Reviewed 26 October 2018

A stone's throw from the main square is this church- one of the smaller churches we visited in the city but possibly the most beautiful. Your eye doesn't know where to look, there is magnificence on all sides. The only thing that was a bit...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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2 March 2018|
Response from Gonzoid52 | Reviewed this property |
I am afraid i cannot answer that for you, if it where me, i would try contacting the nearest tourist office, you can find them online nowadays, i have had need to do this on my travels. good luck.
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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.