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Santa Maria della Vita

Bologna, Italy

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Santa Maria della Vita

Bologna, Italy

Santa Maria della Vita

The Monumental Complex of Santa Maria della Vita, reopened to the public in 2010 after a complete restoration, constitute the heart of the historical centre of Bologna, the so called “Quadrilatero”. The Church, whose dome was designed by the architect Bibiena is the most important example of Bolognese baroque. Inside the Church, the famous Compianto sul Cristo Morto by Niccolò dell’Arca is preserved, that “scream of stone”, as it was defined by Gabriele D’Annunzio. Next to the Church is the Oratory, where it is possible to admire the terracotta sculpture group Transito della Vergine by Alfonso Lombardi, and the Old Hospital now turned into the Museum of Health and Assistance. The complex dedicated to Santa Maria della Vita was built in 1261 by Raniero Barcobini Fasani: he founded the Confraternity of the White Flagellants and established a hospital to took care of the pilgrims and invalids. Over the centuries the Hospital became an important care centre whereas the Oratory was enriched with magnificent works of art. Following Napoleon’s reforms of 1796-97, the confraternity’s possessions were expropriated and made public.  In 1801 the Great Hospital of Life and Death incorporated other local hospitals, until 1814, when the Complex took the name of Ospedale Maggiore. It was destroyed during the bombings in 1943.

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Contact

Genus Bononiae
Santa Maria della Vita

Via Clavature, 8/10
40124, Bologna

Opening hours

    MON closed

    TUE 10:00 - 19:00

    WED 10:00 - 19:00

    THU 10:00 - 19:00

    FRI 10:00 - 19:00

    SAT 10:00 - 19:00

    SUN 10:00 - 19:00

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