Church and Hospice of San Giovanni Battista dei Genovesi (St. John Baptist of Genovesi)

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Church and Hospice of San Giovanni Battista dei Genovesi (St. John Baptist of Genovesi)

The colony of Genoa had their stores and residences in he port zone. Meliaduce Cicala, prior of Genoa's Confraternity, organized construction of big religious and social organization which would include a church dedicated to the protector of Genoa St.John, a hospice with the functions of hospital, and marvelous cloister attributed to work of B.Pontelli, considered to be one of the most beautiful cloisters of Rome.

The Church and Hospice of San Giovanni Battista dei Genovesi (St. John Baptist of Genovesi) was built as the national church of the Genoese. In the Middle Ages the Republic of Genoa was the dominant Christian maritime power in the western Mediterranean, and the quickest way to get to Rome from there was to sail down the coast and then up the Tiber to the Ripa Grande.

This is the best example of fifteen-century cloister: the arched porch and the architraves loggia have travertine octagonal pilasters, typical of the architecture from the period under Pope Sisto IV. The church owes its name to the fact that the Genoan sailors were used to rest in the nearby hospice, upon disembarking in the close harbor of Ripa Grande. Via the cloister one may access the church, which has a single nave whose only antique parts, still present nowadays, are the Renaissance tabernacle of the "Oli Santi", by Andrea Bregno and the "Apparizione della Madonna" by Giovanni Odazi.

The church Chiesa di S.Giovanni dei Genovesi was reconstructed for many times (the last works took place here in 1864), it has only one nave with very few rests from the original construction. On the facade on the left could be noticed a fine crossing window of the 15th century.

Address:
Church and Hospice of San Giovanni Battista dei Genovesi (St. John Baptist of Genovesi)
Via Anicia, 12
00153, Rome, Lazio, Italy
Zone: Rione Trastevere (Gianicolo) (Roma centro)
Church and Hospice of San Giovanni Battista dei Genovesi (St. John Baptist of Genovesi) is Shown By "Map I Zone" As "20"
Hours: Masses: Sunday and Holidays 11:00am. Tue-Thu 2.00pm-4.00pm (Winter), 3.00pm-6.00pm(Summertime). The church opens during the mass only. The church can be visited upon request by fax or via e-mail only. Schedules are subject to change. It is suggested to contact before you visit.
Telephone: 0039 06 5812416
Fax: 0039 06 5812416
Email: conf...@virgilio.it
Website: http://www.confraternita-sgbg.it/

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