Monumento, Storico

Church of San Giovanni Battista and convent of the Capuchin Fathers

The Capuchin friars arrived in Corinaldo in 1540 called by the Municipality to open their community. At the beginning the friars lived in the hermitage of the Holy Trinity and San Cristoforo then in 1574, being the hermitage almost falling, the then rector and parish priest of the parish church of San Pietro, Francesco Orlandi, gave them a plot of land with the church of San Giovanni and a small house to build a new convent.

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The church of San Giovanni Battista dei Padri Cappuccini, with the adjacent convent, was built around 1574 in the place where since the twelfth century there was a sacred building dedicated to the Baptist. The church has not undergone significant changes over the centuries, but simple maintenance, as well as the convent that houses the religious order founded by Frà Matteo da Basso. The façade is preceded by a portico rebuilt in the sixties of the twentieth century. The interior has a single nave with two chapels on the left. In the first, enclosed in a harmonious wooden altar carved and carved and sober architectural design, there is a painting depicting the Madonna and Child and Saints Franciscans dated 1745 and attributed to the painter Filippo Ricci. In the second chapel, there is another identical wooden altar by an unknown cabinetmaker from Marche active in the first half of the seventeenth century, author, in addition to the two side altars, also the largest of the church. The complex of the main altar that divides the church from the choir is of great scenic effect, the set of columns, capitals, entablatures, frames, foliar elements and shells, is large and contains in the center a Baptism of Christ by Ercole Ramazzani. Also on the high altar there are three other paintings of late Mannerist style by an unknown painter of the Marches of the first half of the seventeenth century depicting: left the adoration of the shepherds, right the adoration of the Magi and high God the Father. In the choir there is a painting depicting the Vision of Blessed Felice da Cantalice by Claudio Ridolfi.

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