The Cathedral of San Francesco
The cathedral of Livorno is dedicated to San Francesco; the Cathedral, seriously damaged by the war events of 1943, has been reconstructed in the immediate post-war period: the public square, with the realization of Palazzo Grande and other buildings, has maintained very little of the original plan, while the church has been reconstructed with the original structures, simplified and approximate.
The façade, entirely reconstructed, has a porch with round arches. In the post-war period two little porches were added, the apse's area was completely transformed with the construction of a large exedra placed near the bell tower.
In the interior, the chapel of the Santissimo Sacramento, begun in 1716 on plan of Giovanni del Fantasia; and the one of the Concezione di Maria (1727).
The cathedral in origin was covered by a precious carved and gilded wood ceiling, built between 1610 and 1614; seven paintings were inserted in it, saved from the bombings and put in a simplified structure, that has the division of the space as the original work.
Between the 1619 and 1623, Jacopo Ligozzi, Domenico Cresti said the Passignano, and Jacopo Chimenti said the Empoli realized three great paintings representing San Francesco who receives the Child from Virgin Mary, the Assumption of the Madonna, the Apotheosis of Santa Giulia.