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Points of Interest: Churches

The New Cathedral

Fri, 19/10/2012 - 12:29 -- Camilla
The New Cathedral
The construction of the new cathedral, on the site of an earlier cathedral (San Pietro de Dom), began in the first half of the 17th century. This monumental edifice was designed by the Brescian architect Gian Battista Lantana, the ground plan being that of Greek cross inscribed in a square, although some changes to the original design were made over two centuries. It was not until 1825 that the huge cupola was completed. Despite its majestic appearance, the style of the building is not homogeneous. Due to the numerous alterations carried out over the centuries and still in evidence today, the lower part of the façade is baroque, while the upper part is characterized by the classical trends of the second half of the 18th century.

Church and Monastery of San Giuseppe and the Diocesan Museum

Fri, 19/10/2012 - 15:01 -- Camilla
Brescia, church of San Giuseppe

The building of the church began in 1519 and it is distinguished by its altars dedicated to the arts and crafts. Many famous people were buried here, including Benedetto Marcello and Gasparo da Salò. The facade, crowned by three lantern spires in brick, has three XVI century doorways,  the central one flanked by majestic columns. The interior is divided into a wide nave and two broad aisles and has a raised chancel; when this was built in 1978 a bridge was constructed over the road to the north to facilitate the building work. The inlaid choir-stalls in the chancel, the work of Clemente Zamara (1581), are extremely fine while there is a valuable organ made by Graziadio and Costanzo Antegnati (1581) to the left of the choir.

Church of San Zeno al Foro

Mon, 22/10/2012 - 15:00 -- Camilla
Brescia, Chiesa di San Zeno al Foro
The church, re-built in the 18th century (c.1745), is preceded by a small churchyard enclosed by a wrought-iron railings with marble pilasters surmounted by cherubs and pairs of entwined dolphins. Inside the church, four paintings by Antonio Paglia along the sides of the nave (1741). A delicate wrought-iron balustrade seems to embrace the high altar on which stands an artistic tabernacle set with lapis-lazuli and precious stones. Scenes representing the Bishop St. Zeno's life can be seen in the 18th-century choir stalls.

Church of Santa Maria della Carità

Tue, 23/10/2012 - 14:33 -- Camilla
Santa Maria della Carità

The church, originally built in the 16th century, was reconstructed in 1640 and, after a few alterations in the first half of the 18th century, when the ornamental sculptures and paintings where added to the façade, was finally completed in 1825 when the imposing cross was erected on the cupola. In the second half of the 17th century the image of the “Virgin of the Terragli” was placed on the magnificent high altar, one of the finest in the city, and behind it was built a chapel similar to the Santa Casa di Loreto.

Church of San Clemente

Mon, 22/10/2012 - 14:55 -- Camilla
Brescia, church of San Clemente

The church was completely restored between the end of the 16th century and 1471. In 1517 the Dominicans took possession of the monastery and gave it a magnificent appearance. In 1836 Rodolfo Vantini transformed the interior along neo-classical lines and added a large barrel vault. The altars along the nave are enriched with important works by Moretto, who is buried here: ”St. Ursula and the virgins”, ”St.

Church of San Cristo

Tue, 23/10/2012 - 14:40 -- Camilla
Brescia, church of San Cristo

The church belongs to a monastic complex which was built at the end of the 15th century on the ruins of previous religious buildings overlooking the Roman Theatre. The plain brick façade incorporates a marble portal decorated with bas-reliefs and the coat-of-arms of the Martinengo family, who partly financed its construction. On the ceiling there are still traces of the fresco of the “Annunciation” by Moretto. The interior consists of a single nave, richly adorned with 15th- and 16th- century frescoes.

Church of San Pietro in Oliveto

Tue, 23/10/2012 - 14:48 -- Camilla
Brescia, church of San Pietro in Oliveto

The church is situated on the green slopes of the Cidneo hill, inside the monastery of the Carmelite friars, not far from the Castle. The 16th-century façade in Botticino marble was designed by the architect Antonio Medaglia from Como and is decorated with statues of the apostles Peter and Paul set into niches. The Renaissance-style interior is harmonious: the nave is flanked with chapels situated behind columns whose arches are decorated with bas-reliefs; it leads up to the chancel which is embellished with large canvases (1566) by the Brescian painter Ricchino.

Chiesa di San Giorgio

Tue, 11/06/2013 - 14:07 -- Laura
Brescia, Chiesa di San Giorgio

San Giorgio is one of the better preserved and at the same time lesser known Romanesque churches in Brescia, standing well hidden behind the spectacular 16th century façade that acts as background to Piazza San Giorgio. It stands on the steep Cidneo slope, just outside Porta Bruciata, next to the Roman walls that climb towards the castle. The building works carried out during the Baroque period did not change the dimensions of the three-aisled church, with its three-apse presbytery and a bell tower to the east. Behind the church – under which passes the double conduit of the Roman aqueduct of Mompiano – can still be seen the remains of the large three-storey rectory dating back to the middle ages.

Church of San Lorenzo

Mon, 22/10/2012 - 10:03 -- Camilla
Brescia Chiesa di San Lorenzo
The church was built between 1751 and 1763 to the design of the architect Domenico Corbellini. The interior is one of the finest examples of late-baroque architecture in Brescia. The splendid altars made of precious marble in the nave, the high altar as well as the altar dedicated to the Madonna of Providence, with cherubs by the sculptor Antonio Callegari, are particularly noteworthy.


Church of Sant'Alessandro

Mon, 22/10/2012 - 10:46 -- Camilla
Church of Sant'Alessandro
The church was consecrated in 1466, then refurbished in 1784, but only in 1891 was the façade completed. The interior, consisting of a single nave, contains important works of art, including the “Annunciation” by Jacopo Bellini, a painting by Civerchio from Cremona and statues by Antonio Callegari.

Via Moretto, 75