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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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  • It is definitely one of the most seen by anyone driving on the highway. Striking for the particular architecture. Exit Fi North you can visit inside. She's gorgeous. Great gallery for access to the Church that almost looks like a dolmen. Amazing and Beautiful
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  • A masterpiece of modern church architecture of the great architect Giovanni Michelucci is also called Church of the highway of the Sun because of its proximity to great communication route. Extends into an oasis of 6,000 square meters (half of them covered), just off the A14 motorway at Firenze Nord. We arrive from the motorway and from the road to Campi Bisenzio. If you're lucky enough to visit it during a concert of beautiful organ inside the experience becomes memorable.
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  • Church too modern although built long ago but with the current style of the best architects
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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 ! ! !
  • 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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  • The Church of Saint John the Baptist or call motorway church designed by Michelucci to commemorate the dead in order to build the highway. Situated near Florence in Campi Bisenzio near the autostrada del sole A1. Beautiful in its form of modernist art that stands between the two lanes of the motorway. A park deserves when you're over there.
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  • Wonderful treasure of faith!
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