Zerfaliu, Church of San Giovanni Battista (St. John Baptist)


La chiesa di San Giovanni Battista, un piccolo scrigno del XIII secolo, testimonia il passato racchiuso nel tempo e nello spazio.

L’aula absidata ha una sola navata illuminata da monofore a bocca di lupo a forma di croce.

Il portale architravato mostra concavità per bacini ceramici.

In un’epoca non precisata cronologicamente, la chiesa è stata ampliata verso nord con cambiamenti evidenti nei materiali utilizzati.

Lavori di restauro hanno portato alla scoperta di antiche tombe, alcune in pietra  che sottolineano il valore storico di questo gioiello architettonico.


The philosopher Immanuel Kant reminds us that time and space represent our existence, translating it into inner experience.

Every fragment of the past bears witness to this, to the extent that memories, traditions, habits and affections coagulate in it.

The small church of San Giovanni Battista fully responds to this reality.

It is a small treasure chest dating back to the 13th century: the apsidal hall has a single nave and is lit by single-lancet windows with a cross-shaped light.

Restoration works, carried out in 1981, uncovered a number of stone tombs, one of which is under the foundations of the building, and therefore older than the date of its construction.

The portal is architraved and, just above the architrave, the concavities originally intended to hold the traditional ceramic basins are still visible.

At a later stage, which cannot be chronologically defined, the church underwent an extension towards the north: the façade was extended, the small bell tower was moved and the apse was decentralised towards the south.

A clear indication of this structural change can be found in the materials used for the two building phases: the well-crafted basalt and calcarenite stones belong to the first construction, while the small-sized stones to the extension.

The side walls were fitted with buttresses to prevent the danger of possible collapse.

While our minds are already searching for the next stage of our journey, our hearts linger a little longer as we bid farewell to this little architectural jewel


R. Serra, La Sardegna, collana “Italia Romanica”, Milano, Jaca Book, 1989;

R. Coroneo, Architettura romanica dalla metà del Mille al primo ‘300, collana “Storia dell’arte in Sardegna”, Nuoro, Ilisso, 1993;

R. Coroneo-R. Serra, Sardegna preromanica e romanica, collana “Patrimonio artistico italiano”, Milano, Jaca Book, 2004;

R. Coroneo, Chiese romaniche della Sardegna. Itinerari turistico culturali, Cagliari, AV, 2005.

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