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San Giovanni Battista, Matera
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  • Medieval church already documented in the early 1200 as "Santa Maria la Nova" on which it was built. The original factory was started in the years prior to being appointed to the nuns by Bishop of Accon penitents brought to Matera Andrea prior 1193 from Palestine. Completed in 1233 was the first sacred building to be built outside the walls "and for this very dangerous position for the nuns was abandoned in 1480 Otranto during the war. It is an architectural jewel of Matera for its harmonious architecture and refined decoration; remains so despite most cannot perceive as a whole the original building complex because in 1610 the main façade was incorporated in the construction of the old hospital, which is the building on the left of the current entrance portal which was once the side face. The Church reopened for worship in 1695 by Monsignor of Ryos and dedicated to St John the Baptist, is one of the most beautiful and well preserved in Romanesque style of the historic centre of Matera. Outside immediately struck the finely decorated portal by Masons is topped by a polychrome statue of Saint John the Baptist with above a fine ornamental rosette. Within typical medieval architecture affects, that today you can admire thanks to removal of eighteenth-century stucco eliminated in the years between 1920 and 1930 the Abbot Marcello Morelli who thus returned to the initial simple elegance. The plant is a Latin cross with three naves; definitely interesting to the eye are the four-lobed piers surmounted by half-columns with capitals made accurate and different decorations, which expand the great arches of groin vaults that cover the Interior all-seeing between frescoes ... sculptures ... statues ... always in religious silence ...
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  • It was the first sacred structure to arise outside the city walls, and its construction started since in 1200. Being so ancient makes a very special but harmonious example of a great mixture of many different architectural styles. Absolutely worth a visit.
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  • Very small but with a Gothic church almost as interesting. Among other things I visited while he was preparing a marriage that made her even more attractive.
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  • Just sign in, you are catapulted back in time. Medieval chants, and feel the walls have nanny story. Highly recommended!
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  • Striking into the atmosphere. Wonderful architecture. Not to be missed.
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  • Impressive from the outside, beautiful from inside.
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  • Great the Church well preserved for the ages.
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  • Small picturesque medieval atmosphere.
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