Chiesa San Francesco Cotignola esternoThe church, built in Gothic Roman style, was built in the decade 1484-1494 following the Papal bull dated June the 6th 1484. The consecration is dated 1495.

On the front side of the church of San Francesco, the Sforza chapel is connected to the main building with a nice arcade. The chapel, dedicated to “Santa Maria degli Angeli” (in remembrance of the Assisi “Porziuncola”), was in a second time turned into a family chapel to house the graves of Sforza. The first tombstone was dedicated to Elisa Patrocini, mother of Muzio Attendolo Sforza.

The church preserves the uncorrupted corpse of the Blessed Antonio Bonfadini, who died in 1482 and is known as “Cotignola Saint”.

Worth of mention are some frescoes, survived to war’s damages: the two angels holding Biancoli family coat of arms of an anonymous XVI century artist; the fresco depicting the “Pieta” attributed to Gerolamo Marchesi, on the original site above the entrance door of the left nave, today only the sinopsis remains, while the fresco is currently placed above the main altar;  finally it can’t be forgotten a fanlight depicting the “Pietà” which represents the final part of an altarpiece carried out by the Zaganelli brothers (XV c.), now kept in the Brera Galley in Milan, one of the main art museums in Italy.



Useful information

Address: Via San Francesco 15 – 48033 Cotignola (RA)
Phone: 0545 908871 – 908826

How to get
At one kilometer from town centre, Lugo direction, adjacent to the local cemetery. Wide car park in front of the church. Accessible to disabled.

(Updated to 22/02/2024)

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