Perugia Religious Buildings Tour (Self Guided), Perugia

Perugia is home to a number of old sacred places, including ancient and medieval churches and other historic religious buildings. Many of them are precious landmarks of religious, historical, architectural and cultural value, and contain marvelous works of art. Take the following tour to discover Perugia’s most prominent religious buildings.
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Perugia Religious Buildings Tour Map

Guide Name: Perugia Religious Buildings Tour
Guide Location: Italy » Perugia (See other walking tours in Perugia)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.3 Km or 2.1 Miles
Author: leticia
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Church of St. Augustine
  • Chiesa di Santa Maria Nuova
  • Cappella di San Severo
  • Cathedral of San Lorenzo
  • Church of Jesus
  • Church of Saint Ercolano
  • Chiesa di Santo Spirito
  • Santa Giuliana Church
Church of St. Augustine

1) Church of St. Augustine

The Church of St. Augustine, built in the 13th century, is a Gothic church on Piazza Domenico Lupattelli. Its polychrome façade is formed by white and pink stones. Its large nave was rebuilt in the 19th century with Rococo and neoclassical features. Remarkable is its beautiful paintings by Pellino Vannuccio and the 14th century frescoes by Puccio and Nuzi. You will also see a large 16th century carved wooden choir by Baccio d'Agnolo designed by Perugino, some G.B. Lombardelli frescoes and two paintings by Henry Van den Broeck.
Chiesa di Santa Maria Nuova

2) Chiesa di Santa Maria Nuova

Chiesa di Santa Maria Nuova was first mentioned in documents from 1285, when the three portals which can still be seen were built. It has been remodeled and renovated several times. It has a beautiful Renaissance cloister and bell tower and contains precious works inside, including a late 16th century organ, beautiful frescoes, a patch of Benedetto Bonfigli and paintings by Francis Appiani.
Cappella di San Severo

3) Cappella di San Severo (must see)

Cappella di San Severo, dating back to the 11th century, was built on the ruins of a temple dedicated to the Sun. Between 1748 and 1751 it was rebuilt in its present form. Inside you will find a fresco painted by Raphael, the Trinity surrounded by angels and saints.
Cathedral of San Lorenzo

4) Cathedral of San Lorenzo

Cathedral of San Lorenzo, located in the heart of the city on Piazza IV Novembre, is Perugia’s most prominent religious building. Construction began in 1345 and was completed in 1490, with the cathedral being consecrated in 1587. The main façade facing Piazza Danti is enhanced by a Baroque portal designed by Pietro Carattoli in 1729. Its massive tower was built between 1606 and 1612. The 68 foot church hall contains three naves of equal height, a splendid wooden choir, precious paintings, frescoes and various relics.
Church of Jesus

5) Church of Jesus

Located on Piazza Matteotti, the Church of Jesus was built in the second half of the 16th century and was consecrated in 1571. The lower part of the façade preserves the original appearance of the Renaissance church, while the upper part was added in 1934, based on a painting depicting the original features. It contains three naves embellished with beautiful Baroque choirs, a gilded wooden ceiling by G. Bruscatelli and M. Peace and frescoes by G. Andrea Carlone.
Church of Saint Ercolano

6) Church of Saint Ercolano

The Church of Saint Ercolano, dedicated to one of Perugia’s three patrons, was built between 1297 and 1326. Located near Porta Marzia and Palazzo della Penna, this Gothic church houses a Roman sarcophagus from the 3rd or 4th century and the remains of the saint.
Chiesa di Santo Spirito

7) Chiesa di Santo Spirito

Not far from Mandorla Gate, Chiesa di Santo Spirito, located in the center of Perugia on Via Parione, dates back to the 17th century and is adjacent to the large monastery dedicated to Saint Francis of Paola.
Santa Giuliana Church

8) Santa Giuliana Church

Santa Giuliana Church, located on Largo dell'Ospedale Militare, consists of a church and a former Cistercian nunnery. Its construction began in 1253, while the present façade dates back to the 14th century. Its fine portal utilizes colored marble in a geometric design. Inside you will find numerous fragments of frescoes from the 14th century. Part of the monastery is now used as a military school of foreign languages.

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