SAN GIOVANNI BATTISTA DEI FIORENTINI Basilica parrocchiale, Rome

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San Giovanni dei Fiorentini is a minor basilica and a titular church in the Ponte rione of Rome, Italy. Dedicated to St. John the Baptist, the protector of Florence, the new church for the Florentine community in Rome was started in the 16th century and completed in early 18th and is the national church of Florence in Rome.The main fa├žade fronts onto the Via Giulia. This straight street was an urban initiative, carried out in 1508 by the architect Donato Bramante at the instigation of Pope Julius II, which cut through the irregular urban fabric to the Ponte Sant'Angelo, the bridge which crosses over the Tiber River to the Castel Sant'Angelo and St. Peter's Basilica.HistoryJulius II's successor, the Florentine Pope Leo X de' Medici (1513-1521) initiated the architectural competition for a new church in 1518 on the site of the old church of San Pantaleo. Designs were put forward by a number of architects, among them Baldassare Peruzzi, Jacopo Sansovino, Antonio da Sangallo the Younger and the painter and architect Raphael. The dominant initial ideas were for a centralised church arrangement.
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  • Located at the top end of the Via Giulia, you will find this church. It is such a shame when a church is overlooked. This church is dedicated to Florence's patron saint, John the Baptist. Pope Leo X (...  more »
  • One of the beautiful church in Rome with amazing art work. If you are in Rome do visit this church. It is very peaceful and quite place.  more »
  • This church is not very famous among tourist therefore place is very quite though very peaceful. You will notice fine art work in the church which makes it outstanding.  more »
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  • Beautiful church!