Church of San Leopoldo, Follonica
Address: piazza Don Ugo Salti
Phone: 0566 582012
Phone: 0566 40006
Fax: 0566 53833
Weekday Times 08.00 - 18.00
Sunday and Holidays 09.00 - 18.00
The Church of San Leopoldo was commissioned in 1836 by Grand duke Leopold II; it was consecrated in 1838 and completed in 1841. It boasts a Neoclassic style with a Latin cross floor and the use of cast-iron within the church is one of its special features. It was used for the interior fittings as well. Also in cast-iron, you’ll see the columns that sustain the decorated entablature, the banisters, the central arch and the works portraying Saint Leopold distributing alms to the poor. The last work was created by the sculptor Nencini. The choice of this theme was meant to commemorate Leopold II and his efforts to reclaim the marshland in the Maremma. All of the work in cast-iron was made at the Ilva Foundery which Leopold II modernized in 1834. The foundry was active until 1960, making pieces in cast-iron for urban decoration such as the Arcidosso Fountain and the decorative posts that encircle the Duomo in Florence.