San Francesco Palace – Domodossola

Palazzo San Francesco is one of the most fascinating buildings in Domodossola. It was included in the major “Borgo della Cultura” redevelopment project and is one of the oldest buildings in the historic town centre.
It was built beside the outer walls of a majestic 13th-century church dedicated to Saint Francis of Assisi, which was constructed with three naves bordered by twelve Serizzo granite columns with carved capitals depicting Eucharistic scenes that survived to the present day and are visible in the building. For five centuries, the Curch of Saint Francis hosted important religious events in Domodossola.
Between 1810 and 1879, following the purchase of the church by the Belli family, the building underwent its first major renovation. It was transformed into a private residence: the bell tower was demolished, large windows were created on the ground floor and the entire structure was raised.
Later the building was purchased by the Galletti Foundation, which partly restored it. In 1884, it became the Foundation’s headquarters, hosting its museum collection and library. After the dissolution of the Foundation, the Domodossola Town Council took over ownership of Palazzo San Francesco.
Recent restoration projects have brought to light several of the beautiful, ancient frescoes in the Franciscan church and have returned the building to its role as a museum and cultural centre.
Today, Palazzo San Francesco is a prestigious venue for wide-ranging permanent and temporary exhibitions.

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Everybody
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Culture, traditions and folklore
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History and art
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Ideal for
Everybody
You will discover
Culture, traditions and folklore
Not-to-be-missed
Rainy day?
History and art
Hidden treasures
IAT di Domodossola
Piazza Matteotti
28845 Domodossola (VB)
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