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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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  • One of my favorite spots in Brescia, not only for the historic and artistic wealth but for the spiritual intensity that calls this place! Please also visit the cloister I recommend. Beware opening times (lunch is closed).
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  • Beautiful church in the Center, built between 1254 and 1265, altered in later centuries, in Romanesque-Gothic style. Its façade, with magnificent rose window and marble door. The three-nave Interior, interesting frescos of votive character, rich painted decoration of this church.
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  • beautiful wooden roofs in the city center, despite its simplicity is very welcoming, not to be missed
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