Chiesa di San Francesco d'Assisi, Brescia

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San Francesco is a Romanesque-Gothic style, Roman Catholic church and Franciscan monastery located on Via San Francesco d'Assisi in central Brescia, region of Lombardy, Italy.HistoryThe Franciscan order arrived in Brescia around 1220, after a visit to the city by the founder himself. Construction of the structures began around 1254 and continued for over a century. The cloister of the adjacent Convent, designed by Guglielmo da Frisone, was completed in 1394.In the 14th century, it is likely the entire walls and ceilings were frescoed, but the creation of chapels and other restorations covered much of this work except for traces behind the 2nd and third altars. The Crucifixion fresco in the 2nd chapel on the left dates to 1310-1320. On the right, the chapel dedicated to St Jerome has decorative sculpture (1506) by Gasparo da Coirano. Other internal decoration was by Ottavio Viviani, Pietro Ricchi (il Lucchese), and Gian Giacomo Barbello.The Franciscan order's residence in the monastery was suppressed during Napoleonic rule, only for them to return later in the 19th century. The structure still houses monks from the order.Among the interior paintings, one finds: Saints Margaret of Antioch, Jerome, and Francis (1530), 1st altar on left, by Moretto da BresciaDescent of Holy Spirit (1520), 4th altar on left, by Il RomaninoMadonna and child with Saints Francis, Anthony of Padua, Bonaventure, Louis of Tolouse, and Bernard (1516-1517), main altarpiece, also by RomaninoChrist and Evangelists, lunettes of presbytery, also by RomaninoEsther and Assuerus and Judith and Holofernes(1737), 16th-century Chapel of the Immaculate Conception, by Giovani Battista Sassi with quadrature by Giacomo LecchiMain altarpiece (1603) by Grazio Cossali
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  • for about 40 years I don't lose this opportunity on October 4 to participate at 16.00 hours the blessing of the animals (dogs, cats, caged birds are present). At Christmas time is a "Crib" classic with rotating light (dawn, day, dusk, night) strongly felt by the banks and for this much visited. For years the Sunday morning at 7.00 hours not missed the morning singing (strictly in Latin) and starting. The early Church, run by the Franciscan friars ... sometimes when I'm in town and around I'll stop by for a visit.
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  • One of the most beautiful and charming churches of Brescia. The steps to go down, the central rose window, a Gothic-Romanesque joint leaves you breathless. Little known and visited except by "enthusiasts" the industry dates back just over half of 1200, next is an old Franciscan convent, within the magnificent fourteenth-century frescoes and altar dedicated to Saint Jerome. From study and visit possibly accompanied by Romanino and Moretto, painted altars.
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  • The severe façade, graced by an elegant rose window, seems to emerge from underground to a city that goes over above over time. Not the faithful that it gets but welcomes him in an atmosphere of poignant mysticism.
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