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Points of Interest

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 SAN LORENZO

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.
 
 

CHURCH OF SANT'ALESSANDRO
Via Moretto, 75
Brescia

 

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.

Tito Speri

Tue, 14/11/2017 - 11:33 -- Laura
 The statue of Tito Speri, Brescia

Tito Speri was a patriot and was born in Brescia in 1825.

He was one of the founders of the secret society which led the revolution against the Austrians during the so-called “Ten Days” (23rd March – 1st April 1849); he led the defence of Torrelunga door (today known as Arnaldo Square) and of the small square which was once called “dell'albera” (of the tree) and is today named after him.

The first clashes between Brescian and Austrian soldiers took place near Sant’Eufemia. Among the troops, Tito Speri stood out for his charisma and strategic skills and more than once the Brescians were able to make the Austrian army withdraw preventing them from reaching and supporting their garrisons barricaded in the Castle.

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

Arnaldo da Brescia

Wed, 15/11/2017 - 10:26 -- Laura
Statue of Arnaldo, Brescia

Arnaldo was born in Brescia and devoted his life to criticizing clergy corruption and opposing to  Catholic Church’s temporal power. He was a strenuous supporter of the anti-Pope and independence movement in Rome.
Banished from Italy after a sentence of the Second Lateran Council, Arnaldo da Brescia spent a long time in France and Switzerland where he met the most renowned theologians and philosophers of his time and became a disciple of the famous philosopher Pietro Abelardo.

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.
 

Giuseppe Garibaldi

Wed, 15/11/2017 - 15:57 -- Laura
Statue of Giuseppe Garibaldi, Brescia

Giuseppe Garibaldi (Nizza, 4th July 1807 - Caprera, 2nd June 1882) was an Italian general, patriot, leader and writer known as “the hero of two worlds” because of the military actions he performed both in Europe and South America. In Italy he is almost unanimously considered one of the fathers of the Nation.   

La Bella Italia

Tue, 21/11/2017 - 11:32 -- Laura
Statue of La Bella Italia, Brescia

The Memorial to the fallen of the “Ten Days” of Brescia is in the place where, until 1797, the high column with the lion of Venice stood as a symbol of Venetian domination of the town, and where death sentences were executed.
The monument is in memory of the popular insurrection against Austrian domination which started exactly in this square on the 23rd March 1849. Due to the ten days of its heroic resistance Brescia was granted the name of Lioness of Italy.

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.

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