The Church-Museum of San Francesco was built between 1335 and 1338 by the Friars Minor and is the third Franciscan settlement in the Montefalco area, although it is the first within the walls.
It was officiated by the friars until 1863 when the church was given to the Municipality of Montefalco and in 1895 it became the seat of the Civic Museum
The church has a rectangular floor plan and comprises a central nave ending in a pentagonal apse, with two rectangular chapels on either side. The side aisle was created in the 17th century by demolishing the side walls of individual chapels built from the 14th century onwards. The painted surface was frescoed between the 14th and 16th centuries by famous artists, including Benozzo Gozzoli and Pietro Vannucci, known as Il Perugino.
With a pentagonal layout and a ribbed vault resting on fully-figured corbels, the apse is preceded by a carved, painted and gilded wooden pergola commissioned by Niccolò Zuccarini. Although there is no documentary evidence, the Chancel, which comprises 16 wooden stalls, was built at the end of the 19th century.
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