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San Giovanni Battista Decollato parishSan Giovanni Battista Decollato parish

The Church of San Giovanni Battista in Firenzuola is situated on the ruins of the ancient church, which was completely destroyed by the 1944 aerial bombardments. The new building was created with the collaboration of two Italian architects, the Venetian Carlo Scarpa and the Florentine Edoardo Detti, protagonists of the architectural outline of the Post-war period. Inaugurated in 1966, it is characterized by a modern and essential style both in the materials and in the lines. The building has a longitudinal structure with a unique nave. The interior of the church is big and bright, very simple and linear, dominated by few but well calibrated signs. The church guards a rich patrimony of sculptures in ceramics by Salvatore Cipolla and the Crucifix of Camaggiore, wooden sculpture of the 12th century, object of a recent restoration, that constitutes an important Romanesque testimony in Central Italy.

 

In the little village Rifredo, immersed in a vast green reserve rich in flora and fauna, we find St. Pietro in Moscheta Abbey. Founded in 1034 by the Blessed Rodolfo dei Galigai, of the Vallombrosian order of St. Giovanni Gualberto, of the original structure we can still admire an enormous wall and part of an arch.

It is said that Galigai constructed a convent that was much too big and that it was destroyed by the flood of a nearby river, which swelled suddenly as a result of the prayers of the humble S. Giovanni Gualberto.

The more recent Abbey dates back to the 15th century and holds an extraordinary portico.

 

In Cornacchia stands St. Giovanni Battista Decollato Parish Church. The church stands on the important Medieval road of “St. Agata”, and presents a typically Romanesque structure that is very similar to St. Agata Parish Church, on the opposite side of the Apennine watershed. It was restored in the 19th century and inside preserves early 20th century frescos.

 

Open for ordinary celebrations and by reservation. Info: Tel. +39 055 8149459

 

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