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Points of Interest: Churches

Church of Santa Maria della Pace

Fri, 19/10/2012 - 15:52 -- Camilla
Brescia, Chiesa di Santa Maria della Pace

This church was built between 1720 and 1746, when it was consecrated by Bishop Angelo Maria Querini. Although the façade was left unfinished, the interior is considered one of the finest examples of 18th century architecture - a masterpiece of the Venetian Giorgio Massari. The long nave has a cupola in the middle and large chapels on both sides. The interior space is measured out by columns which give the church a solemn air; the splendid frescoes and decorations do not detract from the harmony of the architectural design.

Church of Sant'Angela Merici

Mon, 22/10/2012 - 12:31 -- Camilla
Church of Sant'Angela Merici
This 16th century church was badly damaged during the Second World War. Among the paintings in the church neither the polyptych attributed to Paolo da Cailina the Younger (in the first span on the right), nor the “Christening of Sant'Afra” by Francesco Bassano the Younger (in the second span on the right) and the “Transfiguration” by Jacopo Tintoretto (behind the high altar) should be missed.
 
 

CHURCH OF SANT'ANGELA MERICI

Church of Santa Maria in Calchera

Mon, 22/10/2012 - 14:44 -- Camilla
Brescia, Chiesa di Santa Maria in Calchera
The sober, late 16th-century façade of the church contrasts with the interior, which was refurbished in the 18th century. “The mass of Saint Apollonio” (c.1525) by Romanino above the second altar on the right, “Saint Catherine taking the veil” by Luca Mombello (from the school of Moretto) next to the presbytery, and “Mary on her visit to Elizabeth” (1525) by Callisto Piazza from Lodi, above the high altar, should be admired. On the left a masterpiece by Moretto “The Dinner at the Pharisee Levi's House” (c.1550) deserves attention.
 

Church of Sant'Afra in Sant'Eufemia

Mon, 22/10/2012 - 12:34 -- Camilla
The church was completely reconstructed in the 18th century to the design of Domenico Carbone. The façade (1776) has typically classical lines. The vault is decorated with trompe-l'oeil frescoes and three paintings by Sante Cattaneo. The high altar, where works by the sculptor Antonio Callegari may be admired, is an example of Lombard rococo with its abundance of decoration. Among the paintings, the ‘Martyrdom of Sant'Afra” by Paolo Veronese deserves special mention.

Church of the Saints Cosma and Damiano

Fri, 19/10/2012 - 15:45 -- Camilla
Church of Saints Cosma and Damiano - bell tower

Only the 18th-century bell-tower remains of the original monastery of Sant'Agostino. The façade, which was re-built in the 15th century (of brick and stone in horizontal bands), was later altered by the addition of other buildings, leaving visible only the terracotta pinnacles on the west side. The 18th-century façade and entrance overlook via Cairoli. The interior was decorated with trompe-l'oeil baroque frescoes from 1747 onwards.

San Marco Evangelista Church

Mon, 29/09/2014 - 10:19 -- Laura
Brescia, San Marco Evangelista

Built at the end of the 13th century in a Romanesque style, the church belonged to the Avogadro family: they lived in the neighbouring palace, which now houses the Catholic University. It was damaged by a bombing raid during World War II. On the outside there are small earthenware arches intertwining under the cornice that goes all round the building. On the façade (spoilt by the large rectangular window) there is a stone portal surmounted by a rounded arch. On the right hand side of the building there is a small Romanesque door with a cross in high relief.

San Faustino in Riposo Church (known as Santa Rita Church)

Mon, 22/09/2014 - 15:27 -- Laura
Brescia, San Faustino in riposo church

The small entrance opens under the face of Porta Bruciata tower, in Via dei Musei. The name of the church was coined after a religious procession that took place at the beginning of the 9th century: it carried the relics of Faustino and Giovita saints – patrons of Brescia – and stopped here on its way towards San Faustino Maggiore.
Erected at the end of the 12th century on a preexisting chapel, the church has a round plan rebuilt in the 18th and 19th century. The altarpiece on the main altar, Vergine con Bambino tra i Santi Faustino e Giovita (Virgin Mary and Child between the Saints Faustino and Giovita), was painted by Domenico Romani in 1743. The church, full of ex-voto, hosts in its left chapel an image of the Virgin Mary that is fondly cherished by devotees in Brescia.   
The original outside architecture, visible where the street widens, presents a cylindrical stone building covered with a cone-shaped roof with a denticular cornice in cotto tiles. There it stands a cylindrical bell tower with four small mullioned windows, covered with a pinnacle decorated with another denticular cornice in cotto tiles.

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