San Giovanni Battista dei Fiorentini, 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 façade 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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  • This Baroque masterpiece created by the best of Italian architects and sculptures is so close to the Ponte Sant’Angelo and yet missed by many. You will never find crowds inside and amazing Baroque...  more »
  • We found this treasure of a church walking on our way home from the Pantheon. Beautiful interior with amazing sculptures. Peaceful and quiet with no crowds to jostle your way through to see great...  more »
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  • Great place for a quick visit. There is a lot packed in here. The audio tour is really helpful. Worth 30-45 minutes. The church staff is great.
  • Best homily I’ve ever heard in my life! Very beautiful church, with many pieces of art and sculptures that are incredible. It made our trip to Rome to come here for the 6pm mass on Sundays. Mass was very straight forward without all the singing...it started with a loud bell that rang then mass flew by. Taking the host was surreal. The church pews were about 80% full. Just an awesome experience to come to Rome and enjoy a mass there, and I’m sure glad we picked this mass. The Pope’s assistant wasn’t there this time but his colleague, a priest from London was there and he was absolutely spot on with his fantastic homily. He was trained in the Vatican and I’d say he is one of the best.

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