Church of San Giovanni Gerosolimitano (Saint John the Jerusalemite)

Old Town

Church of San Giovanni Gerosolimitano (Saint John the Jerusalemite)

12th-13th century

Built in the late 12th century and early 13th century, this church has been under the ownership of the Order of the Knights of Malta since 1182.
The facade, with a gabled design that highlights the internal division into three aisles, with the central body higher than the lateral ones, is clearly inspired by Romanesque architecture, with evident Gothic elements in the elaborate rose window and in the ogival arches of the central portal and the two side entrances.
On both the left and right sides, there are three narrow slit windows, which on the left side are sloping to forcibly convey light inside the church.
The body of the apse also presents interesting features, with its six spires functioning both as buttresses and as upward thrusts, clearly in Gothic style, between which are seven round arched single lancet windows.
The interior is divided into three aisles of equal size, each composed of three bays.
The side aisles end with two chapels of polygonal plan, while the choir is located behind the presbytery in the central aisle.
Visitors can also admire the frescoes in the right aisle, particularly a Pietà recently attributed to Pier Matteo D’Amelia (1448-1508) and his school in a lunette in the second bay.

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Photography by: César Vásquez Altamirano, Tiziano Crescia, Roberto Romano, Sailko Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported, Paolo Monti

Translations by Ylenia Marcucci e Alessandro Rotatori