A pleasant walk through the narrow streets of the San Faustino neighborhood and its quiet country village atmosphere takes visitors to San Giovanni in Valle. The church was built in Lombard times on the site of an ancient Roman and early Christian burial site.
After the terrible 1117 earthquake, it was completely rebuilt of tufa stone in the characteristic Romanesque style, on top of the pre-existing crypt. In the crypt are two 3rd and 4th-century early Christian sarcophagi, symbols of the relationship between classical art and Christian worship.
St. John is called “the Baptist” for his ministry of baptism in the Jordan (Mk 1: 5) and this was indeed one of the churches where the sacrament of baptism was administered.
According to tradition, one of the Roman sarcophagi in the crypt would contain the relics of two apostles – Simon the Canaanite and Judas Thaddeus.
Thursday to Saturday: 10 am – 5.30 pm; Sunday: 12 pm – 5.30 pm
Sunday Mass: 9 am, 11 am; Saturday Mass: 6 pm
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