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The Church of San Giovanni a Mare: photo, description San Giovanni a Mare)

San Giovanni a Mare, popularly also known as San Giuseppe, the Church standing in the center of Gaeta to appeal to the port via Bosan. The current Church building stands on the site of a small ancient chapel, which was destroyed during the earthquake of 1213-year. Between the 15th and the 17th centuries the San Giovanni a Mare was decorated with frescoes and plaster decorations in the Baroque style (stucco). Then in Church there was a marble main altar and small altars of artificial marble. At the end of the 19th century, the Church was gifted a small mobile on the Neapolitan school, which, unfortunately, in the 70-ies of the 20th century was lost.

In the 20th century, the building of San Giovanni a Mare several times reconstructed. Major restoration work was completed in 1928, the year when they were removed all the Baroque decoration. And since 1998, the year until the beginning of the 21st century were carried out work to strengthen building structures.

Simple gable facade of the Church surmounted by a small bell tower with three arches, which contain the same number of bells. In the center of the facade you can see a small, round window socket, which is located under the portal with a frescoed lunette in Gothic. While the right side of the Church is inscribed in a residential area, the left side and the apse facing a small pedestrian area. The left side of the original dome of San Giovanni a Mare, decorated with small hanging arches and beautiful mosaics reminiscent of the Byzantine. From the rear platform of the Church you can see three apses.

Inside, the temple consists of three naves, the center of which is a transept with a dome. In the depths of each of the nave is the apse: in the largest is the main altar, facing which made bas-reliefs from Christian sarcophagi the 2-3rd centuries. You should pay attention to the strong pitch floor coverings, made in order to avoid flooding of the presbytery during high tides. On the walls of San Giovanni a Mare has preserved fragments of frescoes of the 15th century.