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Italy - Finale Ligure, Basilica di S. Giovanni Battista

The Basilica di S. Giovanni Battista (Basilica of Saint John the Baptist) is located in the center of Finale Ligure. It is considered being one of the most beautiful Baroque churches in the region. The construction of the church started in 1619; fifty-five years the church was inaugurated.

The design is usually attributed to Gian Lorenzo Bernini, but most probably designed by local architects, who did work in Bernini's style. The façade, rich in artistic emblems and stained-glass windows, is the work of a local architect and was completed in 1762. The dome of the basilica has a height of 24 meters.

The interior is characterized by a great harmony and simplicity of proportions. The central nave is separated from the two aisles by two rows of paired columns. Twelve very rich chapels - decorated with architectural motifs - are situated in the two aisles. The high altar - built in 1767 - is inlaid with polychrome marbles.
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39 comments

Valeriane ♫ ♫ ♫¨* said:

absolument magnifiques cette basilique*********************
belle journée mon ami♫
7 weeks ago ( translate )

Nouchetdu38 said:

Aesthetic "Explosion" of the Baroque: a remarkable series****
7 weeks ago

Percy Schramm said:

What a fantastic looking architecture. And a great and impressive serie of the interior.
7 weeks ago

John Cass said:

Beautiful pictures, with wonderful detail and lovely colours.
7 weeks ago

gezginruh said:

Beautifully composed!
HWW,Jaap!

Best wishes
Füsun
7 weeks ago ( translate )

Malik Raoulda said:

IMPECCABLE et admirablement prise sous cet angle. La lumière la bien mise en valeur.
Bonne journée.
7 weeks ago ( translate )

J.Garcia said:

Amazing facade beautifully captured!!
The interior images are equally impressive!!
Many thanks for sharing, Jaap!
7 weeks ago

Madeleine Defawes said:

Magnifique église avec un superbe intérieur !
Bonne journée. Amitiés
7 weeks ago ( translate )

Gudrun said:

With the PiPs the church comes alive, I can just imagine being there.
7 weeks ago

Günter Klaus said:

Diese KIrche ist drinnen,wie draussen wunderschön lieber Jaap,da hast du sehr schöne Eindrücke festhalten können:))

Wünsche noch einen schönen Nachmittag,ganz liebe Grüße Güni :))
7 weeks ago ( translate )

Pearl said:

Cet édifice est de toute beauté.
7 weeks ago ( translate )

Annemarie said:

Wonderful
HWW!
7 weeks ago ( translate )

Keith Burton said:

Such a beautifully decorated and ornate facade.........it looks fabulous in the sunshine. You've captured in in wonderful detail.

I like all the interior images in the PiPs..........perfectly exposed and full of gorgeous colours and detail. An impressive series Jaap.
7 weeks ago

Xata said:

Like a decorated cake… HWW
7 weeks ago ( translate )

Stephan Fey said:

HWW, Jaap! Extraodinary interior shots of this fabulous basilica.
7 weeks ago