Church of St. John the Baptist of Rodi (La Commenda)
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In the heart of the historical center, on Via Garibaldi you can visit the so-called “Commenda”. Sacred to St. John the Baptist of Rodi and today a place of worship, the church received its name in 1380 when it was the Commandery of the chivalric Order of the Hospitallers of St. John of Jerusalem and then Malta. Its Commanders played very large part in the medieval history of Sicily; equipped with very ample salary, then under their dependent territories they were the Commanderies of Lentini, Castrogiovanni, Licata and Caltagirone. The Knights of Jerusalem constructed it in square blocks and in Gothic style between the late 1100s and the early 1200s, with the westward facade overlooking the city that was once only on the Mount and later was enclosed within the late medieval walls. The front entrance of the front is closed by an embedded arched portal, surmounted by a slit-window in the form of a Greek cross. The right side is adorned with six long slits and has a more elegant small linear portal with an archivolt that once adorned the side door. Today it is a large unadorned and compact window in the bottom of the apse, poorly lit by windows-side slits and the roof is wood paneled with a truss.

 

 

Piazza Umberto I, 94015 Piazza Armerina (EN)

 

Booking compulsory. Ticket price: € 3.00 (reduced during the Week of Culture). Phone: 3922068111 (Domus Artis) 3483394617 (Itimed)

 

 

  Click to listen highlighted text! In the heart of the historical center, on Via Garibaldi you can visit the so-called “Commenda”. Sacred to St. John the Baptist of Rodi and today a place of worship, the church received its name in 1380 when it was the Commandery of the chivalric Order of the Hospitallers of St. John of Jerusalem and then Malta. Its Commanders played very large part in the medieval history of Sicily; equipped with very ample salary, then under their dependent territories they were the Commanderies of Lentini, Castrogiovanni, Licata and Caltagirone. The Knights of Jerusalem constructed it in square blocks and in Gothic style between the late 1100s and the early 1200s, with the westward facade overlooking the city that was once only on the Mount and later was enclosed within the late medieval walls. The front entrance of the front is closed by an embedded arched portal, surmounted by a slit-window in the form of a Greek cross. The right side is adorned with six long slits and has a more elegant small linear portal with an archivolt that once adorned the side door. Today it is a large unadorned and compact window in the bottom of the apse, poorly lit by windows-side slits and the roof is wood paneled with a truss.     Piazza Umberto I, 94015 Piazza Armerina (EN)   Booking compulsory. Ticket price: € 3.00 (reduced during the Week of Culture). Phone: 3922068111 (Domus Artis) 3483394617 (Itimed)    

 

 

 

 


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