Santuario di Santa Maria della Vita, Bologna

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Religious Site
Feast your eyes on Santuario 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. Make Santuario di Santa Maria della Vita a part of your Bologna vacation plans using our Bologna trip itinerary maker.
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  • My wife always tells me that her prof. the high school art always said, when you are in special environments to always look up, to admire everything beautiful architects and builders gave birth to ages ago. This church is an example, the central dome is immensely tall and beautiful, despite being close in the buildings of the historic center within is airy not claustrophobic, rich in frescoes and religious figures of considerable beauty. For a moment of silence.
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  • the Group lamented not serve words! but the surprise is the oratory reopened upstairs. not to be missed!
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  • The "lamentation" by Niccolò dell'arca is a must see if you are in Bologna. You are charged 3 euros to enter in the Chapel (the one on the right facing the altar) but are really well spent.
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  • One of the city's most impressive landmarks-both the main sanctuary and the adjacent oratorio.
  • "Lamentaion" might be the best piece of art you'll see in Italy. The emotion of these life-sized terra cotta sculptures brings them to life. You can feel their pain. No words can describe it. And as we walked away a kind woman working there directed us upstairs to another amazing collection of terra cotta sculptures that should not be missed. Highly recommended!
  • The seven terracotta statues were breathtaking. So much despair has been realised in the sculptures.
  • Wonderful medieval archutecture
  • Must for art lovers! The Church contains the Lamentation over the dead Christ by Niccolò dell'arca, among the most moving works of art of the city of Bologna.
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