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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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  • We were on our way to the hotel after visiting the Old Castle and then stumbled upon this church. We only spent less than 10 minutes for a quick visit and it was pretty. Definitely worth to pay a quic...  more »
  • This church with it's high wooden beamed ceiling over the main nave is well worth a visit and shouldn't be missed during a visit to Brescia. The high altar is somewhat simple but is still very attract...  more »
  • Worth taking a few steps off the beaten path, a hidden gem. Also a great Osteria behind the church. If you've gone this far then the Church of S. Nazaro e Celso is also worth your time  more »