Chiostro di San Francesco (Church and Cloister of Saint Francis), Sorrento

Chiostro di San Francesco (Church and Cloister of Saint Francis), Sorrento (must see)

The Church and Cloister of Saint Francis is near to the public gardens of Sorrento with stunning views of the fabled Gulf of Naples. The church was built in the 8th century. Originally it was an oratory founded by Saint Antonino dedicated to Saint Martin of Tours. It was reconstructed in Baroque style by the Franciscans in the 14th century.

The Church has a simple white facade. The facade is divided in two parts. On the lower part, the well preserved 14th century portal is flanked by five pilasters on each side. There are two arched blind windows on either side of the portal. In the left window is a painting of Saint Francis. A similar portrait of Saint Antonino appears on the right.

The upper part of the facade has a mullioned rose window in the center flanked by two pilasters on each side. A scalloped roof front surmounts the crenelated edges of the upper facade.

The church has one nave and six chapels. On the right facing the altar, in the first two chapels, are statues of Saint Francis and Saint Antonino. On the left we may find a statue of Saint Rita of Cascia and a statue of the Immaculate Madonna. Above the altar is a 1735 painting of St Francis with the stigmata.

In the sacristy are several marble artifacts from different eras. In the reception hall there is a 16 century painting of the Madonna and infant with Saint Michael and John the Baptist.

Next to the church is the monastery cloister of San Francis. The cloister was founded in the 7th century but it was ceded to the Franciscans in the 14th century. The cloister is a mish-mash of architectural styles. Two sides of the porch have crossed 14th century tuff arches. Two other sides have rounded arches on octagonal columns.

Architectural artifacts extracted from ancient temples and buildings have been integrated into the construction of the cloister. The cloister is often used for art exhibitions and musical events. It is also a popular venue for weddings.

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Chiostro di San Francesco (Church and Cloister of Saint Francis) on Map

Sight Name: Chiostro di San Francesco (Church and Cloister of Saint Francis)
Sight Location: Sorrento, Italy (See walking tours in Sorrento)
Sight Type: Religious
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Walking Tours in Sorrento, Italy

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