The San Lorenzo Church in Bibbiena was constructed in the 15th century. The entire complex consists of the church, a cloister and a convent. The church contains Luca della Robbia artworks. In June 2022, the convent was reopened to tourists after having been closed for 15 years.
San Lorenzo Church Bibbiena
Address: Piazza Dovizi, 9 – Bibbiena. Phone: +39 0575 593079. Opening times: N/A Ticket price: N/A. (Note that opening times and admission may be subject to change.)
History and description
The religious complex consists of three separate buildings that are connected to each other.
The church, in Renaissance style, was built in 1474 on the structures of an earlier oratory. It took the place of a smaller medieval church dedicated to San Lorenzo della Scala.
The facade, completely without ornaments, had to be reconstructed after having been damaged in the 1919 earthquake.
What to see
The church contains two glazed terracottas by Luca della Robbia. They depict, respectively, the “Deposition” and the “Nativity”. Since the coats of arms of Pope Leo X and of Cardinal Bernardo Dovizi are depicted on the frames, it is surmised that the works were made between 1513 and 1520.
Cloister and convent
The elegant cloister was built in the first half of the 17th century. At the moment (November 2022) it is being restored.
The convent was reopened in June 2022, after having been completely abandoned for 15 years.