Chiesa e Convento di San Francesco
Sant'Agata dei Goti (BN)
Territorio: Benevento e Sannio
- Tel. +39 0823 953623 (Pro loco)
The church has been built between the XII and XIII century, after the passing of San Francesco d’Assisi in the city: it is a vast complex made up by a church and a convent, which belonged to the Frati Minori Conventuali, that came to Sant’Agata around the 1267. The religious structure was turned into a barracks in 1865, at the dawn of the Savoy’s reign, then it was restored and returned to its original function during the second half of the 20th century. The current layout dates back to the 18th century.The church presents a nice baroque façade and a Gothic bell tower with a clock and a majolica-tiled cusp; it is preceded by a porch and sided by two Gothic cloisters: in the first, reachable through the great portal of 1747, you can admire fragments of the X century (columns, capitals etc…) and a Byzantine fresco of the XI century. The interior, a unique nave, preserves many works, among which the mummy-case of Ludovico Artus, earl of Sant’Agata, who died in 1370. On the cover its embossed image; in front, in the three tondoes, the Cristo morto, the Vergine dolente and S. Giovanni evangelista; on the sides, S. Ludovico di Tolosa and S. Luigi IX di Francia. The floor was built with bricks and majolica by the ceramist Giuseppe Massa in the XVIII
century. Behind the apse, the great canvas of S. Francesco, who received the stigmate. On top, the cycle of frecoes by Giaquinto made in 1703 with episodes abriged from the Bible. The choir, the pulpit and the chancel in carved wood, are of the end of the XVIII century. The convent, after the suppression in 1809, is property of the Commune and hosts concerts and cultural events.
Opening:Before holidays and during holidays 10,00-13,00/16,00-20,00