The parish church of St. John Baptist in Querceto
with valuable architectural features
Leaving the car in the car park at the entrance to the medieval village of Querceto, follow the little avenue that leads to the square where the parish church, St John the Baptist, is to be found.
The building, as seen today, dates to the 14th century as can be clearly seen from the construction technique, called a filaretto. With a single nave, a wooden truss roof, the building is of limited size. Originally there was a semicircular apse, as all the Romanesque churches, but this was later rebuilt with a square apse, that today houses a wooden choir. A double arch leads to the transept, the capitals of the columns are decorated with acanthus leaves.
Of particular artistic value is the half capital to the right, decorated with the symbols of the evangelists Giovanni and Luca who frame the figure of the infant Jesus. Remaining in the transept to the right is an original lancet window, the last remaining that still today lights the interior.
The main altar was built in the 1970s when the church was restored to the original medieval features especially internally, the walls had the neoclassic altars removed and stonework uncovered.
During the restoration works inside the old 19th century altar several interesting pieces came to light amongst which a wooden pectoral cross decorated with a stylized crucified Christ, between whose arms are two faces, those of the robbers, all surrounded with a vine branch. The cross dates to the 9/10th centuries and is now in the Diocesan Museum of Sacred Art in Volterra.
Besides the fresco behind the altar, with rural scenery, the majolica above the doorway is characteristic and was produced by the Ginori works at the beginning of the 20th century.