San Giovanni Battista, Praiano

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11th-12th centuries Romanesque exterior
The interior features a maiolica tiled floor.

The Church of San Giovanni Battista (Italian: Chiesa di San Giovanni Battista) is a church located in the center of Praiano, a small comune located on the Amalfi Coast in southern Italy. Constructed in the Romanesque style, San Giovanni Battista has a rectangular plan and a vaulted ceiling, featuring Italian Baroque design elements on the inside. Dating back to the 11th–12th centuries, the church features a very well preserved[1][2] maiolica flora- and fauna-inspired tiled floor and a pipe organ from Neapolitan organ masters.[3]

Located on a narrow lane, Via San Giovanni, from which it gets its name, San Giovanni Battista was once the main church of the surrounding area;[4] however as the settlement grew in size, eight more churches were subsequently built.[3] The first legal mention of the church was in a 1296 bill of sale, belonging to the patronage of a couple Amalfi families.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Praiano". amalficoast.com. Retrieved 8 April 2011. 
  2. ^ "The Amalfi Coast". Sorrento.info. Sorrentoinfo Network. Retrieved 8 April 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c "S. Giovanni Battista". Brochure from Chiesa di San Giovanni Battista. Praiano, Salerno. 
  4. ^ "La Chiesa di San Giovanni Battista" (in Italian). San Luca Evangelista - Parrocchia in Praiano. Retrieved 11 April 2011. 

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Coordinates: 40°36′41″N 14°32′1″E / 40.61139°N 14.53361°E / 40.61139; 14.53361