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Chiesa di Santa Maria della Vita

Via Clavature, 10 - 40124 Bologna (BO)

Phone +39 051 230260 (Complesso Santa Maria della Vita)

Reference maps: D-4

Date of last update: 12/12/2017, 12:42

The Church of Santa Maria della Vita was founded in the second half of the 13th century by the Congregation of Battuti or Flagellati, whose name refers to their custom of flagellating themselves. The Congregation was one of the first in Italy founded on the basis of the Organization of the Disciplinati (or disciplined ones), established in Perugia in 1260 by Raniero Fasani. The members of the Bolognese Congregation mainly devoted themselves to charitable activities, so they built and ran a hospital and church starting in 1287 (Santa Maria della Vita).
The church was enlarged between 1454 and 1502 and rebuilt at the end of the 17th century by the architect G. B. Bergonzoni after the collapse of the ceiling in 1686. The dome was designed by Giuseppe Tubertini and built in 1787. The inside of the building features an elliptic layout and an elegant and open style, and houses the famous Compianto del Cristo Morto (Lamentation over the Dead Christ), a masterpiece of the Italian sculpture. The work was sculpted by Niccolò dell'Arca in the second half of the 15th century. On the high altar there is a fresco dating back to the second half of the 14th century that portrays “Madonna della Vita”.



 (Source: Curia Arcivescovile and Le Chiese di Bologna (L'Inchiostroblu))

 

Santa Maria della Vita has been managed by Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Bologna since 2006 and at present is part of the cultural, artistic and museum itinerary Genus Bononiae. Musei nella Città.

by bus: lines and timetables on the website www.tper.it

by car: located in restricted traffic zone ZTL. Ring road exits No 11/11bis-12 , direction city center

NEW RATES FROM 7 DECEMBER 2017:

COMPIANTO

full € 4; reduction € 2 (school, groups of min. 15 people, holders of an admission ticket of another Genus Bononiae museum, special conventions (Tper, Coop, Alitalia, Dante Alighieri), visitors from 6 to 18 years old, University students)
free: children up to 5 years old, the disabled with helper, tourist guide with professional badge, Police, holders of Membership Card Genus Bononiae, holders of Card Musei Metropolitani Bologna,holders of Bologna Welcome card, Residents with ID card – EVERY WEDNESDAY

COMBINED TICKET

COMPIANTO + MUSEUM AND ORATORY

full € 8; reduction € 5 (school, groups of min. 15 people, holders of an admission ticket of another Genus Bononiae museum, special conventions (Tper, Coop, Alitalia, Dante Alighieri), visitors from 6 to 18 years old, University students)
free: children up to 5 years old, the disabled with helper, tourist guide with professional badge, Police, holders of Membership Card Genus Bononiae

Sanctuary > Tuesday to Sunday  10.00am - 7.00pm.  Closed > Mondays.
"Compianto" > Tuesday to Sunday 10,30am - 6,30pm. Closed > Mondays.

  • 8 December 2017 Sanctuary > 10am - 7pm; "Compianto" > 10,30am - 6,30pm.
  • 24 December + 31 December 2017: Sanctuary > 10am - 4pm;  "Compianto" > 10,30am - 3,30pm.
  • 25 December 2017 Sanctuary > 10am - 7pm; "Compianto" > 10,30am - 6,30pm.
  • 26 December 2017 Sanctuary > 10am - 7pm; "Compianto" > 10,30am - 6,30pm.
  • 1 January 2018 Sanctuary > 10am - 7pm; "Compianto" > 10,30am - 6,30pm.
  • 6 January 2018:  Sanctuary > 10am - 7pm; "Compianto" > 10,30am - 6,30pm.

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Chiesa di Santa Maria della Vita