Convento di San Bartolomeo
relevance for the project
It is relevant for architectural issues, it needs to be restored and integrated into touristic routes.
It was the first convent built to provide hospitality to the Observants by Nicolò Trinci.
The convent of San Bartolomeo di Marano is located in the hills of Foligno, eastwards, along a panoramic road that wedges between the hills; the name originates from a water source known as "Fonte Marana".
This was the first convent built specifically for the Observants by Nicolò Trinci of Foligno, in homage to Blessed Paoluccio: work began in 1406 and ended in 1415.
The current facade of the church dates back to 1731-36: the project was mistakenly attributed to the famous architect Giuseppe Piermarini Folignate, but the start date excludes it (Piermarini was born in 1734); it is probably attributed to the architect Filippo Neri of Foligno and executed by Bernasconi of Vescia.
The church, of baroque style, was enlarged in 1600-1700, together with the cloister and the Convent.
Inside, on the right, the most valuable part is the Chapel of St. Bartholomew, where it is possible to admire the painting depicting the Martyrdom of St. Bartholomew, the last work of Nicholas Alunno, finished by his son Lactantius (1503). In front of the Chapel of St. Bartholomew there is a second one, symmetrically arranged, containing, on a reduced scale, a faithful copy of the S. Sepulchre of Jerusalem (1676); under the altar of the shrine is a wooden sculpture of the dead Christ, of the early '300.
The cloister, with six arches on each side supported by polygonal pillars, was built in 1712-13.
The most precious side of the cloister is that of the primitive convent, built by Nicolò Trinci (about 1406-15) and wanted by friar Paoluccio Trinci (1309-1391).
Currently, the church and part of the convent are not accessible following the earthquake of 2016.
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Foligno (PG), Umbria, Italy