The church at Ponte a Serraglio was built in 1544. It has been remodelled a few times.
Here it is in 1910.
…and after the last restoration.
The interior is quite pretty.
The church is very well kept by a group of volunteers and is often adorned with flowers…poke your head in if you are nearby. It is a short walk from the bridge on the opposite side of the river from the piazza.
And I can hear the bells rininging out the hour & half hour
I love the bells.
I miss the rose window! But those bells…so lovely to listen to..
Yes, it is a pity about the window. I wonder why.
I did walk up to and visit the church when I was there. It wan another lovely experience in my time in BdL
I have been to a wedding and a funeral at the church. There is a small group of local ladies who sing there sometimes. It is a lovely church.
What a radical change since 1922. Did it get damaged? Thanks for this post.
I don’t know what happened. Perhaps some investigation is in order.
The church does seem to have been made smaller doesn’t it. The chandeliers are beautiful.
See the comment below about damage. The church is well loved.
It is a beautiful church and I always attend Mass there on Saturday evening. Although San Pietro in Corsena is older, I prefer this one, because it has more light. It contains some masterpieces, including a Turrini organ, that you show in your photographs, which is one of the finest instruments in the area. From time to time, there are concerts organized, which are worth attending.
I understand that in the early 1900’s the church suffered some damage and this is why it was restored. The bell tower was left as it was in the 1700’s. Jean Varraud, the former owner of Villa Fiori and the thermal baths made important contributions for the restoration of the church, which became an autonomous parish in the 1660’s, independent from San Pietro in Corsena, which was the sole parish at the time.m
The church is open most of the time, thanks to the work of the volunteers. Everyone is welcome.
Thanks for the extra information. I knew the campanile was original, but I didn’t know the reason for the church changes.
I live in the ground apartment of the former Hotel di Russie and our garden lies below the bell tower. We love the bells – a great alarm clock!
You are very well placed to hear the bells. I have become used to them and rarely hear them unless I am listening out for them.
It is beautiful, has history and to me it’s very special as my Mum and Dad were married there 63 years ago; almost to the day. Thank you Debra.
What a lovely place to get married. I hope you visit sometimes.
I love seeing the different changes–but agree, the loss of the rose window is unfortunate.
I preferred one of the earlier designs, but I suppose it must have been necessary.
I’m in Bagni di Lucca last week in Feb so would love to visit and see inside this beautiful church.
I am sure the doors will be open. If you go at 6.00pm on Saturday there should be a service.
I will be in Ponte that week. Perhaps I will see you at Il Monaco. I am there most mornings for coffee.
I am looking for a group of English speaking residents in the area. Any suggestions?
Go to Bar Italia in the evenings or Il Monaco in the mornings and you will find them.
I think I missed this church on my visit. It looks lovely and I glad it’s well cared for. An unloved church is no church at all.