San Giovanni's Church

Built in 1550 thanks to the work and merit of the Cathedral Chapter, it was erected in an area on the edge of the residential fabric for the time, and was granted to the Town Hall of the time, which took care of it with embellishment and maintenance works. Initially dedicated to the Immaculate Conception, it was renamed and later dedicated to Saint John the Baptist in 1626, following a mission to Campagna by the Jesuit fathers, who wanted the establishment of a brotherhood in the saint's name.
From that moment on, the nascent neighborhood also took on its current name, which will develop in the following years.
In 1966, like almost all the churches in Campagna, it underwent restoration work, which became necessary following the new directives stipulated and decreed by the Second Vatican Council.
Today, the church has a façade made up of four pilasters with semi-capitals in the Doric shape and, in the upper part of the structure, there are stuccoes in the 18th century Baroque style.
The interior is covered by a dome which originally housed the painting of the Immaculate Conception, still adorned with stuccos similar to those of the external façade. It still welcomes the statues of San Giovanni Battista, Sant'Eligio and Santa Sofia.
The Sacred Temple is active for the solemnities of 24 June dedicated to Saint John the Baptist, organized by the Confraternity of Monte dei Morti and Our Lady of Mount Carmel.
It is precisely to the latter, together with the residents of the aforementioned neighborhood, that we owe its perfect conservation, despite a dutiful farewell to Msgr.
Alberto Gibboni, to whom, in the recent past, a special attachment and care for the place must also be recognized. Don Alberto, a native of Campagna and one of the greatest scholars that our city has expressed, has always taken charge and taken care of this church, embellishing and restructuring it whenever there was a need. Love and passion expressed in a cyclical way together with the papal basilica of Santa Maria della Pace.
Text edited by Cristian Viglione.
Revisions: Francesco Pezzuti.


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