Monastero di San Giovanni Evangelista, Parma

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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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  • Like most tourists, I ended up in San Giovanni after the Duomo. However, if you adhere to historical logic, it is better to go here first. Why? Because here, too, Correggio created. As you know , the....  more
    Like most tourists, I ended up in San Giovanni after the Duomo. However, if you adhere to historical logic, it is better to go here first. Why? Because here, too, Correggio created. As you know , the....  more »
  • Beautifully frescoed ceilings and walls. Serene cloisters. Located a stone throw away from the Cathedral 
    Beautifully frescoed ceilings and walls. Serene cloisters. Located a stone throw away from the Cathedral  more »
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  • Located at the centre of city and next to three more attraction my recommendation is spare 1 complete day and see this square.
  • Well worth seeing for the library, which has fascinating decoration. The opening times on the tourist office website and displayed outside the monastery are every day except Thursday and Sunday, open mornings and afternoons but closed for a long lunchbreak. However we found that the library was only open in the mornings (until 11.45), and the apothecary (which we did not see) is only open on Saturdays. No entrance fee but a voluntary donation is encouraged.

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