Churches - TEMPLE OF ST.
of St. Giovanni (Saint John Sepulchre), known
also as the Church of the Holy Sepulcher
is a circular construction built towards the end of
the XI century by the Normans over the pre-existent
It is one of the finest examples of Romanesque architecture
in all Southern Italy.
During the XII century a new portal was opened, which
today is the main entrance to the church. It has an
architrave made from marble which is supported by two
columns which rest on two lions made from marble as
This church was hold
by the Order of Holy Sepulcher (Templars
Knights) and subsequently by the Knights Hospitaller
(also known as Knights of Rhodes, Knights of Malta,
the Order of St John of Jerusalem).
interior of the church is in the shape of a "horse
shoe" with eight columns in concentric circle within.
This design is in memory of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem.
The original vaulted roof has been replaced by a new
On the walls there are fresco paintings from the XII-XV
After the restorations necessary to
bring the church back to use after it was almost destroyed
by earth quakes, it was used as a museum from the years
1850 to 1955. It was a centre of cultural meetings attended
by illustrious personalities such as Mahatma Gandhi
and the famous Indian poet Rabindranath Tagore.