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"Debris Of Magnificent Art" Chiesa di San Francesco Tip by Oleg_D.

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

One of the side chapels in Southern nave of San Francesco church is the place where collected remains of splendid statues and bas-relieves made in XIV and early XV century. These statues and bas-relieves were decorative elements of the sepulchers belonged to Gonzaga Family and other aristocratic families of Mantua. At least eight members of Gonzaga family were buried here. Alas! Tombs were lost under Allied bombs during US Air Force and Royal Air Force air raids in September 1944 and in April 1945. Today we can see only small number of these fragments of great medieval culture. Two statues will be especially interesting for the people who like me are interested in medieval history and especially military history of high and late middle ages. Here is the statue of kneeling knight in full suit of armor typical for the second part of XIV century. Statue represents the deceased person with unknown saint patron dressed as the bishop. Another statue lost its calves, feet, hands and head. This statue probably represents Saint George in the armors typical for the end of XIV, beginning of XV century. You can also see the scene of Nativity here, bas-relieve with Virgin and Child, Symbols of four Evangelists and just remains and fragments of decorative elements.
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 26, 2016
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