San Bartolomeo Church

San Bartolomeo Church

One of the most impressive churches in Modena, San Bartolomeo was begun in 1607 for the Jesuits of Saint Ignatius of Loyola, based on a design by Giorgio Soldati, a Jesuit priest, and completed in 1629.

Ownership: Archdiocese of Modena and Nonantola

The facade, which was rebuilt in 1727, is the work of architect Andrea Galluzzi and features sculptures depicting Christ in Glory, Saint Bartholomew and Saints Luigi Gonzaga and Stanislao Kostka, canonised that year.

The furnishings and paintings mainly date back to the 17th century, and the interior boasts a magnificent trompe l’oeil effect created by the painter Luigi Barberi and stucco artist Antonio Traeri, known as il Cestellino. Other precious features include the tribunes by Lodovico Lana and the paintings that decorate the side chapels with the Glory of Saint Ignatius and Saint Francesco Saverio.

Opening hours

The church is open from Monday to Saturday 9.30 am - 12.00 pm. Holy Masses from Monday to Saturday at 10.30 am (Catholic ceremony). Orthodox ceremonies will take place to Santa Croce church, Via Ganaceto. Visits are not allowed during celebrations.

Tickets and admission

Free entrance.