Chiesa Della Commenda, Faenza

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The Church of the Commenda is a Romanesque-style, Roman Catholic temple located on Corso Europa in the Piazza Fra Sabba da Castiglione of Faenza, region of Emilia-Romagna, Italy.HistoryThe church was founded in the early 12th-century, and part of the remaining apse, bell-tower, and portico date to the following two centuries. It was erected adjacent to the Hostel of the Holy Sepulchre (Ospizio del Santo Sepolcro), used to house pilgrims traveling to an from the Holy Land. In the 13th-century, the church was affiliated with the Knights of the Order of Malta During the 16th-century, the church and adjacent cloister were decorated, including Renaissance frescoes in the apse (1533) by Girolamo da Treviso. On the left wall is a monochrome fresco of An abbot being presented by St Joseph to the Virgin with John the Baptist and Mary Magdalen. Below is the tomb of the abbot, Fra Sabba, completed in 1554 by Francesco Menzocchi. Traces of 14th-century frescoes are also found on the walls.
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  • A small church with a big history. In the sixteenth century it was rebuilt and restored by a Knight of St John, Fra Sabba, and miraculously survived the second world war. Its bells are a joy to...  more »
  • Wonderful, small treasure chest of art inserted in the beautiful context including the wonderful cloister (home of Borgo Durbecco) and the large park named after the multifaceted Giuliano Berttoli; actor, writer, researcher and local historian, as well as soul of Borgo Durbecco and the whole Faenza.
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  • The Commenda was probably founded in the first half of the 12th century (the first safe document is from 1137), although the oldest parts that are seen today date back to the twentieth century (abssy and part of the bell tower) and the 14th century (portico for the shelter of pilgrims on the side (left) It was erected together with the adjacent Hospice of the Holy Sepulchre, to accommodate pilgrims direct to or from the Holy Land; As early as the 13th century, it entered the possession of the Knights of the Order of St. John of Jerusalem (later Malta), who always managed it through Commendatari, that is, abbots to whom the building was also entrusted from an economic point of view. The most enlightened of the Commendatari was the Milanese Fra Sabba da Castiglione (1480 – 1554), a humanist scholar who promoted restorations and called various artists to work. For the first, it is worth mentioning the refurbishment of the adjacent cloister, in 1525, and for the latter it should be mentioned the great fresco of the absidal catino, made by Fra Sabba in 1533 in Girolamo da Treviso, passing through Faenza. In this, which remains the most fascinating work of art of the Commenda, three women appear – framed in an architectural perspective of refined Renaissance taste, with landscapes of background – three women (the Virgin with Child and St. John, St. Mary Magdalene, with at her feet the ointment of the Tomb, and St. Catherine of Alexandria with the toothed wheel symbolof his martyrdom). To worship them, on the left, kneeling, is Fra Sabba himself in "divided" by warrior friar: Renaissance shirt, helmet and sword. The other important work is on the left wall and consists of a monochrome fresco, very delicate, with Fra Sabba now old, presented by St. Joseph (patron of good death) to the virgin, while on the left are the Baptist and the Magdalene. Below, in black stone, there is his tomb stone, with a moving Latin epigraph composed by himself and, on the sides, the allegorical figures of Pieta and Silence, the work is by Francesco Menzocchi and dated just before 1554, the year of Fra Sabba's death. On the walls there are also interesting fragments of frescoes of local thirteenth century school.
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