San Francesco Church

Lodi, Italy

San Francesco Church was built between 1280 and the early 14th century, on the site a small church of the Minor Friars dedicated to St. Nicholas. The construction was commissioned by the Lodi bishop Bongiovanni Fissiraga.

In 1527 it was assigned to the Reformed Franciscan Order of St. Bernardino, who, in 1840, were replaced by the Barnabites. In the first years of their tenure, they carried on a wide restoration program, which was completed in 1842.

The church has an unfinished façade in cream-color brickwork, charactersized by a tall ogival cusped portico, also in brickwork. This is flanked by two blind columns and surmounted by a large rose window in white marble, in turn sided by two double ogival mullioned windows.

The wide interior is on the Latin cross plan, divided into a nave and two aisles with four spans each; there are also side chapels. The nave and the aisles are cross-vaulted, separated by ogival arches supported by large brickwork columns. Walls and columns are decorated by numerous frescoes dating from the 14th to the 18th century; among the many 14th century ones, particularly renowned are the Madonna with Child, Saints and Antonio Fissiraga from an unknown Lombard master. In the right aisles are 16th-century frescoes depicting Madonna with St. Francis, St. Bonaventure and a Donor by the local painter Sebastiano Galeotti, a collaborator of Callisto Piazza.

Among the 16th- and 17th-century paintings are included a Saint Anthony meeting Ezzelino III da Romano by il Malosso, St. Francis Receiving the stigmata by Sollecito Arisi and a Madonna of Caravaggio by Enea Salmeggia.

The church contains the tombs of several notable people, including the poet Ada Negri and the naturalist Agostino Bassi.



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Via Serravalle 6, Lodi, Italy
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Founded: 1280
Category: Religious sites in Italy

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Stefania Folli (4 months ago)
Wonderful church but it is really shameful that they allow parking in the beautiful square. The fact that there is a school does not justify parking. Arriving 10 minutes early and walking around would only be healthy. ?? .. Why don't you park next to your children's counter ... ?
Angelo Bertocchi (5 months ago)
The building dates back to the thirteenth century and amazes the facade in pink terracotta and has a rose window in the center with two mullioned windows on the sides. Entering the church, the columns are all enchanted with frescoes. The fresco placed on the VII pillar of the left aisle is the work of a pupil of the master of Fissiraga. The church is the pantheon of illustrious people from Lodi including the poet Ada Negri.
Stefano Masnaghetti (5 months ago)
Beautiful church built in Gothic style between 1280 and 1307, San Francesco stands out for the peculiarity of the two so-called open-air or wind-blown mullioned windows: it was the first church in northern Italy to adopt this constructive expedient, then spread throughout the basin Po Valley. But we must not stop at the original façade: its three naves, with pointed arches and women's galleries, are completely frescoed with beautiful paintings made by local craftsmen, mostly dating back to the 14th, 15th and 16th centuries. Also noteworthy is a thirteenth-century high relief depicting San Bassiano.
Stefania Folli (13 months ago)
Wonderful church but it is really shameful that they allow parking in the beautiful square. The fact that there is a school does not justify parking. Arriving 10 minutes early and walking around would only be healthy.
Budslip Delacruz (21 months ago)
Extra ordinary.
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