The Sanctuary of Santa Maria della Vita is a late-Baroque-style, Roman Catholic church in central Bologna, near the Piazza Maggiore.
The construction of the present Baroque church began in 1687-1690 under the designs of Giovanni Battista Bergonzoni, who built the elliptical plan with a dome designed by Giuseppe Tubertini, completed in 1787. The facade was not added till 1905. The sanctuary houses the sculptural group of Sorrow over Dead Christ (1463) by Niccolò dell'Arca.
Gabriele Tabanelli | Sep 16, 2017
Inside the beautiful Church of Santa Maria della Vita (founded in the second half of the 13th century) a true masterpiece of the Italian sculpture can be seen: it was modelled by Niccolò dell'Arca in the second half of the 15th century and it depicts a Lamentation over the Dead Christ. You will be impressed by this piece of art.
pavol kovacs | Feb 24, 2018
Worth to pay and see the oratory
Mary Arnaud | Sep 4, 2017
Amazing place - go to the oratory - it is free and extremely beautiful!
gianni rossi | Mar 5, 2017
The sculpture i o f terracotta is exceptional . Do not forget to climb to the Oratory: the show is just as impressive. You can not visit this church which incidentally is very close to the Piazza Maggiore
DAVID SNYDER | Nov 15, 2016
One of the city's most impressive landmarks-both the main sanctuary and the adjacent oratorio.
Antonio Paco Forni | Apr 2, 2018
One of the small churches right in the middle of the town center. A small jewel worth seeing with a very interesting story. Inside you will find the master art piece "Il compianto" by Nicolò dell'arca. It is in my modest opinion, probably one of the most amazing art sculpture that bologna has to offer. I gave a 4 starts and not five because the price to see the sculpture, is maybe a little to high (4€).
Esther S | Apr 29, 2018
One of the prettiest buildings I have seen in Bologna! A must visit.
Ognian Dimitrov | May 13, 2018
One of the most interesting places to visit in Bologna. The church is not very large, but the most interesting here is the composition of terracotta figures representing the overthrow of Christ from the cross. There is also a very interesting museum for the construction of the Neptune fountain. A separate entrance fee is required for the museum and terracotta figures.
Austin Conery | Jul 13, 2018
It was cool and all but not a “must see”. Definitely take a stop by if you have time though!
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