Catacombe di San Giovanni Siracusa Reviews
Emotive catacombs Mar 06, 2010
Sadly the church of San Giovanni was badly bombed in WW2. However not for the first time the catacombs served as a refuge,
The first time was when they were used as a necropolis by early Christians. They were not able to bury their dead in the city and used these underground pasages, which were initially used by the Greeks as underground aqueducts, were then outside the city.
St Paul is said to have preached at the site and is shown on one of the frescoes within.
One member of our tour party (guided tours are the only way, fortunately as it would be simplicity itself to get lost) seemed amazed at the number of tombs carved out for young childen. The rest were amazed by his amazement.
The altars and frescoes are very emotive.
Part of the Sicily 2010 travel blog
Part of the list Italy and Sicily - various visits
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