La cathédrale Saint-Jean Baptiste - Calvi - France
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Quick Description: Nichée au sommet de la jolie citadelle de Calvi, la cathédrale Saint-Jean Baptiste en est l'un des principaux monuments, et l'un des plus remarquables aussi.
Location: Corse, France
Date Posted: 4/24/2022 11:02:30 AM
Waymark Code: WM16329
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member fi67
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Nestled at the top of the pretty citadel of Calvi, the Saint-Jean Baptiste cathedral is one of the main monuments, and one of the most remarkable too.


La cathédrale Saint-Jean Baptiste

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Fondée à la fin du XIIIème, elle fut détruite et agrandie à plusieurs reprises jusqu’au XVIIIème, d’où son plan centré en croix grecque couvert par une coupole octogonale.

Dédiée à St Jean-Baptiste en 1528 et érigée en cathédrale par Grégoire XIII en 1576, elle recèle des œuvres exceptionnelles : un retable, signé Barbagelata, daté de 1498, figure l’Annonciation entourée de saints et de scènes de la vie de la Vierge sur la prédelle.

Le maître autel, en marbre polychrome, dans la veine très élégante de la Renaissance ligure, a été offert par une famille calvaise au XVIIème.

A sa gauche, l’autel du rosaire, également en marbre polychrome, abrite une statue processionnelle très vénérée : la Vierge du Rosaire venue d’Espagne au XVIème.

Lui faisant pendant, un autel en stucco lustro présente le Christ Noir dit des Miracles, en bois peint de facture florentine, enrichi d’un perizonium en argent repoussé, dont la forte dévotion populaire a permis la victoire lors du siège de 1555.

Un important baptistère en marbre offert par Giovan Antonio Vincentello, en 1569, témoigne de l’enrichissement de certains calvais expatriés au Nouveau Monde.

Une chaire à prêcher en bois doré, datée de 1757, complète ce beau témoignage architectural de l’art baroque.


The Cathedral of St. John the Baptist

Founded at the end of the 13th century, it was destroyed and enlarged several times until the 18th century, hence its central Greek cross plan covered by an octagonal dome.

Dedicated to St. John the Baptist in 1528 and erected as a cathedral by Gregory XIII in 1576, it contains exceptional works: an altarpiece, signed Barbagelata, dated 1498, depicts the Annunciation surrounded by saints and scenes from the life of the Virgin on the predella.

The high altar, in polychrome marble, in the very elegant vein of the Ligurian Renaissance, was donated by a Calvary family in the 17th century.

To its left, the altar of the Rosary, also in polychrome marble, houses a highly venerated processional statue: the Virgin of the Rosary who came from Spain in the 16th century.

A stucco lustro altar is located next to the Virgin of the Rosary, which is made of Florentine painted wood and enriched with a silver embossed perizonium, whose strong popular devotion led to its victory during the 1555 siege.

An important marble baptistery donated by Giovan Antonio Vincentello in 1569 testifies to the wealth of some Calvay expatriates in the New World.

A gilded wooden pulpit, dated 1757, completes this beautiful architectural testimony of Baroque art.

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Type of Church: Cathedral

Status of Building: Actively in use for worship

Date of building construction: 1/1/1628

Diocese: Ajaccio

Address/Location:
Place de la cathédrale
Calvi, France
20000


Relvant Web Site: [Web Link]

Date of organization: Not listed

Dominant Architectural Style: Not listed

Associated Shrines, Art, etc.: Not listed

Archdiocese: Not listed

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