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Points of Interest: Churches

The Old Cathedral

Fri, 19/10/2012 - 14:50 -- Camilla
Brescia Duomo vecchio o Rotonda

It was built at the end of the XI century on the ruins of the winter basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore. The central block is formed of two cylindrical parts of stone, one on top of the other; the circular ambulatory still has the original doorways, which are lower than the present street level, and has large arched windows, while the upper tambour has smaller windows and is relieved above by pilaster strips and small arches in brick, on which the roof rests.

Church of San Francesco d'Assisi

Fri, 19/10/2012 - 16:01 -- Camilla
Brescia church of San Francesco d'Assisi

This is one of the finest examples of convent churches in Italy. Its simple, unadorned style reflects the quietness and serenity typical of Franciscan life. The church, which was finished in 1265, is in late-Romanesque style. The nave is separated from two aisles by ogive arches supported by cylindrical pilasters. The gabled façade has a magnificent rose window in the middle. At the end of the 15th century the right aisle was completed with five elegant altars.

Church of the Saints Nazaro and Celso

Fri, 19/10/2012 - 16:24 -- Camilla
Brescia, chiesa dei Santi Nazaro e Celso
This 15th-century church was completely re-designed by Giuseppe Zinelli and Antonio Marchetti in the second half of the 18th century and given a monumental, classical style. Inside is to be found one of the most important paintings in the city, which should not be missed: the “Averoldi Polyptych” in the presbytery, owes its name to Altobello Averoldi, who commissioned it from Titian in 1520-22. Also note-worth are the altar-pieces by Moretto (above the third altar on the right and the fourth altar on the left) and the organ panels by Romanino in the sacristy.

Church of Santa Maria del Carmine

Fri, 19/10/2012 - 15:31 -- Camilla
Brescia Santa Maria del Carmine
The building of this church was begun in 1429 and took fifty years to complete. The brick façade, overlooking a narrow street, is majestic and elegant with its slender brick pinnacles. The beautiful marble portal, decorated with bas-reliefs, incorporates a lunette with a fresco by Floriano Ferramola representing the “Annunciation”.  There are several works of art inside the church. The “Mourning of Christ's death” has polychrome terracotta statues with intense, tragic expressions, the work of a 16th century sculptor from Lombardy or Emilia.

Church of Sant'Agata

Fri, 19/10/2012 - 15:20 -- Camilla
Brescia, Chiesa di Sant'Agata
The construction of the church dates back to the 14th and 15th centuries. The Renaissance portal surmounted by baroque statues opens to reveal an imposing, harmonious  sight, even though the interior contains elements from different eras: the presbytery was built in the 15th century, the vaults and gallery in the 16th century; the altars, frescoes and plaster-work belong to the 17th century and the Chapel of SS. Sacramento to the 18th century. The nave itself appears more spacious and deeper than it is, due to the architectural design of the frescoes. The altar-piece representing “Saint Agatha crucified among St. Peter, St. Paul, St. Lucy and St. Apollonia” (1522), is a masterpiece by Francesco Prata da Caravaggio.

Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie

Fri, 19/10/2012 - 15:39 -- Camilla
Brescia, church of Santa Maria delle Grazie

The Oratorian Friars began building the church in 1522 and gave it a simple facade embellished by a magnificent portal from the order's old church , which had been destroyed by demolition work carried out in the Venetian period to clear the area of Borgo Pile. The stone portal, decorated in Lombard style of the second half of the XV century, still has the wooden doors made by Filippo Morari of Cremona dated 1490. The interior has a nave and two aisles and is sumptuously decorated with plaster work  and about 350 frescos in late mannerist  to early baroque style. 

Church of San Giovanni Evangelista

Tue, 09/10/2012 - 11:46 -- Chiara
Brescia, San Giovanni Evangelista

The church was founded in the 4thcentury by San Gaudenzio, Bishop of Brescia, rebuilt between 1440 and 1447 and then altered in the 17thcentury. The facade with its severe 15thcentury lines has a stone doorway with an arch resting on two early 16thcentury columns. On each side of the doorway there are pointed arches taken from the tombs of the Maggi family in Paitone.

Church of the Saints Faustino and Giovita

Fri, 19/10/2012 - 15:26 -- Camilla
Brescia, church of the Saints Faustino and Giovita

In 1622 Antonio and Domenico Comino built the present church dedicated to the patron saints of the city on the site of previous church buildings that had been  demolished.  The bell-tower of the old church was kept and maintains the original structure in local limestone up to the first belfry.The richly marble-decorated facade, begun in 1698 and finished by 1711, is considered Bernardo Fedrighini’s masterpiece. The interior, which was constructed between 1622 and 1629, is divided into a nave and two aisles by fourteen monolithic columns and has side chapels and frescos – the ones over the choir in the chancel by the quadraturist Girolamo Mengozzi Colonna and by Gian Domenico Tiepolo are particularly fine; they represent the apparition and martyrdom of  Saints Faustino and Giovita.