Chiesa di Santa Maria della Vita, Bologna

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Religious Site · Hidden Gem · Church
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Feast your eyes on Chiesa di Santa Maria della Vita, Nicholas Ark's incredibly lifelike terracotta scene featuring reactions to Christ's death. Dating from the late 15th century, the figures show acute emotion and ferocious drama atypical of their time. You'll notice influences of the sculpture of Burgundy and the later Donatello. After a long stay in the National Gallery of Bologna, the sculptures have been returned to their original home in the church of Bologna, where you'll find them today. Add Chiesa di Santa Maria della Vita and other attractions to your Bologna trip itinerary using our Bologna trip planning site.
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  • Such a beautiful church right near the Piazza Maggiore, free to enter, beautifully adorned. A wonderful visit well worth looking for 
    Such a beautiful church right near the Piazza Maggiore, free to enter, beautifully adorned. A wonderful visit well worth looking for  more »
  • This church is nice and interesting, typical gothic architecture like the most of the churches in Bologna. It’s open to public and free to visit. On the other hand it costs €5.00 to visit the... 
    This church is nice and interesting, typical gothic architecture like the most of the churches in Bologna. It’s open to public and free to visit. On the other hand it costs €5.00 to visit the...  more »
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  • As many others, we came across this church while meandering the streets around city center. It showed the exhibiton was closed on Mondays but the shrine itself was open and it was beautiful. Felt nice to switch from the warm sun and busy day to the cool and calm inside.
  • Given the number of beautiful churches in Bologna, it's easy to get numb. Santa Maria della Vita will probably be your stop after being in San Petroniu, the huge basilica around the corner. Don't let your visit to that church stop you from checking this one out.

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