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What to See in Brescia

Brescia (Lombard: Breha) is a city in the region of Lombardy in northern Italy, between the Mella and the Naviglio, with a population of around 190,000. It is the second largest city in Lombardy, after the capital Milan. The city is the administrative capital of the Province of Brescia, one of the largest in Italy, with about 1,200,000 inhabitants. The ancient city of Brixia, Brescia has been an important regional centre since pre-Roman times and a number of Roman and medieval monuments are preserved, among which is the prominent castle.

The city is at the centre of the third-largest Italian industrial area, concentrating on mechanical and automotive engineering and machine tools. Its companies are typically small or medium- sized enterprises, often with family managements. The financial sector is also a major employer, and the tourist industry is important as well, given the proximity of Lake Garda, Lake Iseo and the Alps.

Main sights are:

  • Piazza della Loggia, a noteworthy example of Renaissance piazza, with the omonymous loggia built in 1492 by the architect Filippino de' Grassi.
  • The Duomo Vecchio ("Old Cathedral"), erected in the 11th century and containing works by Palma the Younger, Alessandro Bonvicino, Romanino and others.
  • The Duomo Nuovo ("New Cathedral"). The main attractions is the Arch of Sts. Apollonius and Filastrius (1510).
  • The Broletto, formerly the Town Hall.
  • In Piazza del Foro is the most important array of Roman remains in Lombardy. These include the Capitoline Temple, built by Vespasianus in 73 CE.
  • The Basilica of San Salvatore, dating from the Lombard age but later renovated several times. It is one of the best example of High Middle Ages architecture in northern Italy.
  • Santa Maria dei Miracoli, with a fine façade decorated with bas-reliefs and a Renaissance peristilium.
  • The Romanesque-Gothic church of St. Francis.

Modified: 2006-12-04 12:15:03+01
Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brescia


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Sight of Brescia from the city castleThe Capitoline TempleCrystal Palace, BresciaOld and New Cathedrals in BresciaSight of the city center

Sight of Brescia from the city castle

Sight of Brescia from the city castle

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brescia


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