Monastero di San Giovanni Evangelista, Parma

#6 of 34 in Historic Sites in Parma
Religious Site · Hidden Gem · Church
San Giovanni Evangelista is a church in Parma, northern Italy, part of a complex also including a Benedictine convent and grocery.HistoryWorks for the abbey and church were started in the 10th century over a pre-existing oratory associated with St. Colombanus. In 1477 the whole complex was damaged by a fire.The abbey basilica was rebuilt from around 1490, with the present design by Bernardino Zaccagni dating from 1510. The construction ended around 1519. The design included since the beginning a thoroughly painting decoration of the interior, and a contract had been signed with the young Correggio, who a had already worked in another Benedictine monastery, in the Camera della Badessa of San Paolo.Correggio executed five frescoes groups. The first includes the lunette with St. John and the Eagle (c. 1520), followed by the dome, with the Ascension of Christ and the drum and the four pendentives decoration. The third work was the decoration of the vault and the apse ceiling of the Cappella Maggiore, partially destroyed in 1586 when the choir was prolonged: today the central fragment with the Coronation of the Virgin (now at the Galleria nazionale di Parma) has survived. The fourth intervention was in the choir's walls, which were totally destroyed during its reconstruction. Finally, Correggio added a painted frieze which runs for the whole internal perimeter. Preparatory drawings show that also the parts executed by his pupils were designed by Correggio, such as the candelabra in the presbytery's vault and the puttos on the cross-vaults.
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  • It seems dwarfed by the nearby Cathedral and Basilica, but the Baroque-style church has an imposing, aesthetic, captivating façade that immediately inspires you to explore it further. To compete with....  more »
  • We called San Giovanni Evangelista the cathedral behind the cathedral. Standing in Piazza del Duomo, you don’t see it because it’s “hidden” behind the main Cattedrale di Parma. But do not miss it...  more »
  • Great place:) I like it very much
  • Beautiful church.
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