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San Giovanni Battista, Campi Bisenzio

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San Giovanni Battista or dell'Autostrada del Sole is a church near Florence, Italy, within a large motorway rest area shared between two autostrada roads. It can also be reached on foot from a local road outside the autostrada system.The church is formally named after John the Baptist but has also earned the name Church of the Freeway of the Sun for its location between autostrada del Sole (Freeway of the Sun) and the A11 Firenze-Mare highway.The design of the church is meant to reflect both modern and traditional church design. The "cross" floor plan and stone facing are meant to evoke a traditional feel while the tent-like vertical elements and copper roofing reflect modern design tastes. The church stands 27.5m high.It was built between 1960 and 1963, based on plans by Giovanni Michelucci. The materials used for the building are stone and concrete for the walls, copper for the roof, oxidized to green on the outside and burnished blond on the inside. Marble, glass and bronze are used for the interior elements. The floorplan of the building is asymmetrical and follows sinuous curves creating a feeling of fluid space. The church is decorated with works of Marcello Avenali, Jorio Vivarelli, Dilvo Lotti and Luigi Venturini.The intention of the church builders was to honor the workers who had died during construction of the freeway and to provide a "parish for the tourists" so those who are travelling can have a place to worship.The Autostrada del Sole is a reflection of two great societal changes of the 1960s, a society moving toward a more mobile and itinerant culture and the new religious ideas brought forward in the Second Vatican Council pronouncements.
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  • This church is very unique and is done by Giovanni Michelucci. The interior is great and is situated next to the highway. The church is dedicated to all the workers affected by the construction of the...  more »
  • This church is outstanding. It should be actively promoted by the Florence tourism authority, providing visitors with information how to reach the church by public transport.  more »
  • Captures the attention of the motorway section, unique and in its forms. Work of the architect Giovanni Michelucci degli anni ' 60 still has charm and is well maintained. It is necessary to do before a short turn outside to see its development never equal to 360 degrees. The Interior is excellent, absolutely worth a visit. External parking and Park, accessible directly from a junction special because there is nothing else around.
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  • Also known as " Chiesa dell'Autostrada del Sole ", designed in 1960 by architect Giovanni Michelucci
  • M e r a v i g l i o s a ! ! !
  • Masterpiece of the architecture of the ' 900. One of the best works by the Arch. Maines. Fabulous.
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  • The Church of the autostrada del Sole, designed by Giovanni Michelucci in memory of the fallen at work in the construction of the Milan-Rome, was consecrated in 1964. Impressive collection of structure, space and light reminiscent of a giant nomad tent. Very nice.
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  • Stunning architecture both inside and out. Perfect expression of postwar Italian miracle.
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