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"San Pietro in Banchi" Top 5 Page for this destination churches Tip by croisbeauty

churches, Genoa: 10 reviews and 30 photos

There is interesting story about the construction of this church. Some local people wanted to build the church but the city administrators refused it telling there was no money for that, so the group of enterprising people decided to build a church with shops/money exchange banks under it. It is from where the name of the church is derivating, San Pietro in Banchi (Banks). The rent from these paid for the building of the church.
San Pietro in Banchi is 16th century structure built on the site of the cmall church of San Pietro della Porta, which was destroyed in 1398 in fire during a battle between Guelfi and Ghibellini. The church was projected to have four pinnacles but only three of them had been realized. The front is covered in fading frescoes and fake multicoloured stonework, but also was never completed. The interior of the church, however is richly adorned and covered in white marble. There are large paintings and excellent marble statuary of the saints but bove all, it has wonderful stucco decorations in its dome.

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  • Updated May 24, 2012
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