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The Basilica of Santa Agostino is located in the historic center of the city. Nowadays, the church building is often used for various kinds of performances.
During the Second World War, during the bombing raids, the church, like most other city buildings, was seriously damaged. At the end of the war, the building was used as a warehouse for storing architectural debris, sculptures and frescoes that had been collected from destroyed temples. They subsequently formed part of the collection of the Museum of Sculptures.
The basilica was erected by monks of the Augustinian Order in the 13th century, and was originally dedicated to Saint Thekla. Currently, the temple is one of the few surviving buildings in Genoa, built in the Gothic style, – most of the buildings were destroyed in the 19th century.
The building has a characteristic facade decorated with two-tone stripes of blue stone and white marble. There is a rose window above the frieze. The lancet portal of the church was decorated with frescoes depicting Saint Augustine by Giovanni Battista Merano. There are double sash windows on both sides.
The interior of the church is represented by a central nave and two side chapels, separated by arches, supported by columns made of rough stone. Near the main altar is the Last Judgment fresco by Barnabe da Modena.
The temple also includes two covered galleries, which are part of the Museum of Sant'Agostino, which was designed by Franco Helg and Franco Albini in the 1970s. Perhaps the most significant exhibit in the museum is the 14th century tombstone of Margarita di Bramante.
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