San Giorgio Church

Brescia, Italy

San Giorgio Church at the site is documented since 775. In 1218, Franciscan friars erected a nearby monastery and were in possession of the church. But by 1254, they had moved to the convent and church of San Francesco. By 1429, this parish church was in a dilapidated state, and a major restoration, including present facade occurred in 1639.

An inventory of works in 1826 noted to right of nave an oil painting depicting a Nativity, by Giovita Bresciano, a pupil of Lattanzio Gambara. The main altarpiece depicted was by a young Gandini and two side-panels depicting St George and the Dragon and a Martyrdom of St George by Pompeo Ghitti.

In addition, in the chapels on the left of the nave, there was a Virgin with Saints Francis of Paola and Leonard, by Giovanni Battista Pittoni. A canvas depicting Vigin with Francis of Sales and St Catherine was attributed to Domenico Carretti. A Sacred Heart of Jesus was attributed to Antonio Dusi. A Dead Christ with St Charles is attributed to Savani. In the sacristy are some frescoes from the original romanesque church. Saint George and the Princess by Cicognara also originated in the church.

The church also contains 13th century frescoes including a Christ Pantocrater. The nave ceiling was decorated by Pietro Sorisene and Pompeo Ghitti with architectural decoration by Agostino Avanzo. The apse ceiling has a depiction of the Seven Angels of the Apocalypse by Ottavio Amigoni. The exterior of the apse still betrays the Romanesque architecture of the original church.

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Founded: 8th century AD
Category: Religious sites in Italy

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Noah Hammerle (12 months ago)
The Church is Beautiful and there are lovely Volunteers who show you the church and have a lot to explain about the paintings, thank you Patricia!!
Grisel Calcagno (15 months ago)
This is a little hidden gem. The delightful ladies volunteering at this location give tours explaining the history of the church and even take you through the back.
cesare marini (2 years ago)
The church of San Giorgio is a church in Brescia, located in the homonymous square of San Giorgio, in via Gasparo da Salò. It has been closed for years and is now open in some periods. It was built in 200 but completely remodeled in the Baroque period.
Orfeas Kallintzis (2 years ago)
Very beautiful church, there are some very interesting paintings from different periods, worth taking some time to explore
Ilaria Chizzoni (2 years ago)
It looks desecrated but it is not! A Franciscan church right in front of the diocesan museum. We were lucky enough to visit it with Vincenzo Forsetti of the Italian Touring Club, very well prepared and very nice.
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