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Catacomb of St. John in Siracusa

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SGS_0B Vista rotonda

Address

Piazza S. Giovanni alle Catacombe, 1 - 96100 Siracusa SR

Opening Time

Monday – Saturday, 09:30 - 12:30 and 14:30 - 16:30; From 26th December to 6th January, 09:30 - 12:30 and 14:30 - 17:00; Summer: Monday – Sunday, 09:30 - 12:30 and 14:30 - 17:30; July – August, 10:00 - 13:00 and 14:30 - 17:00

Contact

Tel: +39 0931 64694

Email: info@kairos-web.com

Sito web: www.kairos-web.com

Annual closing

7th January – 7th February

 

St. John’s is the largest community cemetery in Siracusa after the Peace of the Church. With its enormous epigraphic documentation, it is also the privileged area of investigation for providing a general picture of Christianity in the city.

From the monument’s plan and lay-out it appears obvious that the catacomb of St. John originated after 313 and continued its life over the fourth and fifth centuries, whereas in the first decades of the sixth century inscriptions related to Goths are noted (491-535).

In the beginning, the community cemetery appears to have been planned according to an almost exclusive kind of burial: the arcosolium with multiple depositions. In the catacomb’s topographic and architectonic development, the creation of several rotundas breaks up the series of standardized tombs in order to obtain adequate spaces for the representatives of the Church and imperial hierarchies.

To learn more, buy: The catacombs of St. John