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San Giovanni Battista Varenna

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This is one of the oldest churches in the Lake Como area and the oldest one in Varenna. Dated back at the 11th century, this Church is defined by the Belfry built toward the lake, as usual at that time, and it keeps inside few frescoes from the 14th century. The church stands isolated on the main square in Varenna; where it was enlarged in 1151 and consecrated in 1431. During the restoration works in 1964-67 some frescoes, probably dated 14th century, were spotted on the aisle. It conserves a rare funeral arcosolium that refers, together with a one single apse aisle, to a Romanesque origin, dated 11th century. Interesting are the frescoes in the apse that probably dates back to the 16th century.

San Giovanni Battista
Address:
Via IV Novembre, 8, Varenna LC 23829
Telephone:
39 0341 830228