S.Ilaro devotion in Lugo is deeply rooted, even if it’s not well defined when it started. For sure the first traces of public devotion date back to the VIII century.
Originally the church was in gothic style. After the earthquake of 1688, which seriously damages the building, it was demolished and rebuilt by Cosimo Morelli in 1760.
It’s quite controversial which might be the exact year of the erection of this church. The church of the monks Minori Conventuali is, however, surely contemporary to the near monastery. The official consecration is known to have happend on March the 24th in 1254 when the church was named after S. Francesco.
This building is known to be one of the first franciscan churches to be erected in the diocese of Imola and one of the first in Italy, too. This religious order was the first one who came to Lugo, then followed, after two centuries, by Domenicani, and later Carmelitani and Cappuccini.
The interior is rich of interesting works of art.
The main altar of the church carries a work of art by Luigi Morelli and a canvas depicting S. Francesco painted by Benedetto Del Buono.
The organ was built in 1780 by the Venetian Giovanni Ghinei.
Address: Piazza Savonarola 1 – 48022 Lugo (RA)
Phone: 0545 22123 Church
How to get
The church is located right in the historical town centre. Wide car park in front of the church. Facilities for disabled.
open during services (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, 7.15am, 6.30pm; Sunday,10.00am, 11.30am, 6.30pm).
In July, August, September: 11am. Please check hours phoning to the church.
(Updated to 03/01/2023)