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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Roberto Soriano Doménech (12 months ago)
Muy interesante la iglesia. En su interior paredes completamente cubiertas de frescos. Varios bonitos altares y la posibilidad de ver el claustro.
Alberto Barcellari (15 months ago)
Splendida chiesa da visitare assolutamente! Venne costruita alla fine del duecento e venne gestita in un primo momento dall'Ordine dei Frati Minori, poi dai Francescani Riformati di San Bernardino ed infine dai Padri Barnabiti. L'interno contiene una vasta gamma di affreschi e tele che coprono quattro secoli di storia, dal XIV al XVIII secolo.
Gabrio Valli (15 months ago)
Bella chiesa un po' ammalorata, ma un attento osservatore può scoprire opere murali di pregio
DAVID SNYDER (16 months ago)
Extraordinary interior filled with amazing frescoes.
Daniel Cherubini (2 years ago)
Meravigliosa chiesa con forte influenza tardoromanico e gotico. Ha comunque conservato in se ogni epoca e le sue caratteristiche. Assicuro che guardarla una volta sola non basta. Ricca di particolari e segreti. Da notare i dipinti sui muri che ne fanno un luogo suggestivo e nel frattempo meraviglioso. La chiesa più bella di Lodi
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