Passage to Le Marche
Journey through Baroque
Chiesa di San Giovanni Battista
church was built next to an ancient monastic church with annexed
guest-quarters for pilgrims. Apostolini monks moved there since 1560 and
began restoring the ancient church and the building of the new one in 1607.
The new site was characterized by an only nave with chapels on the left
monks took their place in 1678. They charged Flaminio Mannelli, an architect
from Arcevia with the prosecution of the fabric, especially for the
organization of the insides and the layout of the facade. The outside
follows a linear and geometric conception. It is all built in bricks. The
only decoration present is the low-relief portraying the Baptism
plant was kept unchanged. The central nave was trimmed with side chapels
also on the east side. They were all framed with Corinthian capitals
decorated with golden threads.
The entablature by Tommaso Amantini, sustains the beam that projects itself
through the nave. The vaulted roof is decorated with floreal elements
executed following Mannelli design.
The candid church permeates with celestial atmosphere recalling the
spiritual ascension to God. The chapels are treasure keepers: golden
decorations, stuccoes, paintings, frescoes all contribute to enrich them and
to attribute elegance.
Among the most important works of art in the church there are: the
altarpiece with “Giovanni Battista, Madonna col Bambino e i SS. Agnese, Maria Maddalena dè
Rossi e Francesco Saverio” by Giovanni Peruzzini, the “Immacolata
Concezione” by Giacinto Brandi, the copy of “Noli
me tangere” (original by Federico
Barocci) painted by Gian Giacomo Duti. The remarkable scenes of San
Filippo life by Arcangelo Aquilini and of San Giovanni Battista by Antonio
Mazzi are also worth mentioning. The church stands as evidence of Le Marche
baroque and rococo style.
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