San Giovanni del Toro

Ravello, Italy

Consecrated in the 11th century, the San Giovanni del Toro church was restored in 1715 after damage caused by an earthquake, and it was restored again in the 1990s. The church is named for John the Apostle and for 'Il Toro', the former name of the old aristocratic quarter in which it was built. It is especially noted for its pulpit, dating from around the 13th century.

The pulpit is notable for its mosaics, the decorative patterns of which inspired the interlocking patterns used by M.C. Escher, who spent time in Ravello in the 1920s and studied the church and the pulpit; Ravello was one of his favorite places. One mosaic is of Jonahe merging from the whale. An eagle supports the reading desk, and it holds a book opened to the first sentence of the Gospel of John. The 'beautiful' pulpit, which dates from the time of Roger I of Sicily, also contains Oriental pottery and Arabic script, and the steps up to it contain well-preserved frescoes with scenes from the life of Christ. There is a side chapel with a stucco figure of Saint Catherine and her wheel.

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Founded: 11th century
Category: Religious sites in Italy

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sergiu costan (18 months ago)
Iubesc aceste locuri incredibile!!!
Ranieri Vuilleumier (18 months ago)
Mi è piaciuta molto
Destination Photographer Ravello Andrea Gallucci (2 years ago)
Secondo il mio modesto parere questa è la chiesa più bella di Ravello. E' stata chiusa per tanti anni a causa di una lenta restaurazione, ma ora finalmente è stata riaperta e viene utilizzata soprattutto per matrimoni. Uno spettacolo UNICO! VISITATELA
Matt Turnbull (3 years ago)
Part of floor inside is glass to reveal what's under the church - very unique! Worth a look, and a nice walk to get there. Check out the old organ!
Philip Pettican (3 years ago)
Nice little church in Ravello in front of the Belmond Caruso hotel. Free to enter. Donations optional. Glass floor showing the old church ruins.
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