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"Gonzaga Chapel. Story Of St Louis Of Toulouse" Chiesa di San Francesco Tip by Oleg_D.

Chiesa di San Francesco, Mantova: 10 reviews and 45 photos

miraculously survived. Here in the Gonzaga Chapel just in front of the entrance you can see the statue of Virgin and Child. This statues is not very old and although is precious from the religious point of view, it has no high art value. Behind the statue, on the wall you can see the frescos showing the story of Saint Louis of Toulouse (1274-1297) also known as the Boy Bishop. These frescoes were painted by the painter from Modena Serafino de’Serafini (1323-1393). Upper panels are damaged but still we can see the elements of XIV century cloths and especially shoes. On the lower left panel we can see Roman Pope Boniface VIII ordains Louis to Bishopric of Toulouse. It took place on February 5, 1297. Although Louis belonged to Royal House of France and was the son of the Angevin King of Naples he devoted his life to his bishopric, benevolence and help to poor people. He was working so hard that caught the fever and died on August 19, 1297. And on the lower right panel you can see his humble death. Saint Louis of Toulouse was canonized on April 7, 1317 by the Pope John XXII. All these frescoes painted in 1380-s give us a lot of valuable information on the fashion, arms and armor of the last quarter of XIV century. Especially interesting are two men-at-arms wearing basinet helmets, one with visor and another without. Both warriors have small, round fencing shields, so-called bucklers. Both armed with excellent examples of gothic swords.
Church is open daily from 07:00 to 12:00 and from 15:00 to 19:00 hours. Masses on working days are at 07:00 and 18:30 hours.
Admission is free but any kind of donation is welcomed and highly appreciated. Visitors are allowed to take non-commercial photo and video without flash light.
Address: Piazza S. Francesco d'Assisi, 5, 46100 Mantova MN
Tel. +39 0376 325455

Directions: Piazza S. Francesco d'Assisi, 5, 46100 Mantova MN

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  • Written Nov 25, 2016
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