A symbolic place of Romanesque simplicity
The Church of St. Francis of Assisi stands out among the most striking places of worship in Brescia. Built in the 13th century, with later modifications during the Renaissance, it preserves its original compact and austere appearance that encourages silent contemplation.
The gabled façade, like the interior, is typically Romanesque: its sober simplicity perfectly reflects the spirit of St Francis. Inside, it is divided into three naves with 12 columns, in honour of the apostles. Romanesque elements blend with Gothic ones, including the pointed triumphal arch.
Despite the church’s overall modesty, there are still many decorative elements, including the frescoes by Girolamo Romanino in the presbytery and the altarpieces on the right wall.
From the right aisle, you can access the two beautiful cloisters, where you can enjoy a moment of peace and silence in the open air.