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Parish Church of San Giovanni in Campo

Places of worship

The largest remaining religious Romanesque building on Elba Island

The Parish Church of San Giovanni in Campo, situated half way up Monte Perone, overlooking the villages of San Piero and Sant’Ilario, is the largest religious Romanesque building that remains on Elba Island. The medieval building, noticeable for its architectural features dating back to the second half of the 12th Century, reflects the typical iconography of other Elban churches, with a single rectangular nave and a semi-circular apse at the end. The walls of the entire building are covered in granite rows with beautifully chiselled blocks that narrow gradually as they ascend. The façade is particularly interesting and is framed by two angular half-pilasters revealing a bell tower at the top, which for the most part is still intact.  

The interior of the parish church
The interior of the parish church - Credit: Etienne (Li) | Wikipedia