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 those who love art and history, it is a must to visit this beautiful church whose bell tower dates back to the 13th century. To see
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  • Very nice both outside (the back you have to reach it in another street) and inside (beautiful especially the atrium with the garden)
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  • Outstanding 14th-century frescoes along with some remarkable altarpieces from the 16th-18th centuries.
  • ..His love for the poors His life to offer is the Symbol to our Lord and trying just trying to follow His rules in this life..
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