Neoclassical splendour in Brescia
In the centre of Brescia you will find a splendid example of neoclassical architecture: the Church of Santi Nazario e Celso, built in the 15th century but decorated in later centuries with stuccoes and statues that stand atop the façade and overlook Corso Matteotti.
The façade is simple and elegant, with muted colours. Large Corinthian columns support the tympanum, which, in turn, houses seven statues of saints. The interior also perfectly embodies the neoclassical style: refined, but always measured in its decoration. The single nave is surmounted by a barrel vault, but what is sure to catch your eye is the stunning dome above the presbytery.
The true highlight of the church is the Averoldi Polyptych by Titian: commissioned by Brescia native Altobello Averoldi, it represents one of this Venetian painter’s best early works.