Chiesa Di San Giovanni Alle CatacombeCurrently Closed
- Address: Largo San Marciano, 3, Siracusa, SR, 96100, Sicily, Italy, Syracuse
- Timings: 09:30 am - 06:00 pm Details
- Phone: +39-093164694
- Ticket Price: 8 EUR
- Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
- Tags: Church, Religious Site, Family And Kids
The Chiesa di San Giovanni alle Catacombe dates back to the 6th century and is the place where Marciano- the first bishop of Syracuse is buried. Even though originally a strong structure with 12 Doric columns, today only the column of the central aisle stands tall.
Throughout its history, the church was renovated multiple times during the Norman age and during the 17th century after the earthquake of 1693. The façade was reconstructed and many elements were introduced to its original structure.
The courtyard of the church is a highlight and a staircase here takes you to the tomb of San Marciano. The tomb had a central altar that has now been replaced by 4 pillars that are adorned by historic symbols of the Evangelists and Gospel inscriptions.
Other highlights include:
- The Norman façade on the left wall of the church with a damaged arch.
- The statue of of “St. John the Baptist”
- 15th century elements incorporated into the design after the earthquake in the late 17th century.
- The remains of paintings on the church walls.
- Full ticket: € 8.00
- Reduced ticket: € 5.00 (Groups / under 16 / over 65 / military and law enforcement)
- Reduced ticket: € 3.00 (School groups / groups of pilgrims)
- Gratuity: Teachers / Priests / Disabled and their accompanying / PIAC Students
- By Bus: at Interbus Spa (2.1 kilometers away)
- By Train: Siracusa Train station (2.2 kilometers away)
- On Foot
- By renting electrical bicycle/ bike/ scooter/ car
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These ancient catacombs are a sacred Christian burial space with multiple types of graves. There is a lot of history within the cave walls and the outer section. The tour cost €8,00 per person and starts every half hour. Which is also about the length of the actual tour. Some parts of the tour are a bit cramped when there is a big group. The tours are in Italian as well as English. Although you'll have to listen very closely to the English one because it is with a thick accent and she talks very fast. You first get the Italian explanation and after that you get the English one. Sadly, the Italians in our group didn't care anymore after they heard their part and started talking through our translation. You can't take pictures inside the catacombs but you can on the outside which you can see on our pictures. I do recommend going here because it takes you back thousands of years and you learn a lot about Christian history. It is also very nice in the summer since the caves are very cool.
An interesting historical site for early Christianity. Cost 8 Euros to enter but that did include a tour that lasted about 45 minutes which was in Italian and English. Photos can be taken in the Chruch area but cannot be taken when you enter the underground areas. Seeing the catacombs was an interesting look into early Christian burials.
They need better guides... perhaps people with passion for what they do. Should have been a very interesting tour but it was boring and the guide just wanted to get it over with.
Interesting network of tunnels that were an underground burial ground for early Christians. Sadly most bones were removed during WW2 when the catacombs were used as air raid shelters. The entrance fee includes a guided tour, but there are absolutely no photos allowed.
While I'm glad I visited the catacombs, the guided tour wasn't the most fascinating. It only lasts about 15 minutes and covers the main areas very quickly. It would have been nice to have been able to spend more time looking at some of the areas such as the church and crypt but we were rushed through as another group was arriving