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In 1991 Billy and Akaisha Kaderli retired at the age
of 38. Now, into their 4th decade of this
financially independent lifestyle, they invite you
to take advantage of their wisdom and experience.
Givanno, Brindisi, Italy
(Also known as the Church
of the Holy Sepulchre)
Billy and Akaisha Kaderli
The temple of San Giovanni
al Sepolcro (or church of the Holy Sepulchre) is a circular-shaped building
built by the warrior-monk Knights Templar in the twelfth century to imitate the
Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem.
It is tucked into a forgotten
corner of a side street and was considered as a place of pilgrimage, controlled
by this monastic order of Jerusalem.
Founded in 1119, the
Knights Templar were a unique blend of monks and soldiers, vowing poverty,
chastity, and obedience while also defending Christian pilgrims and fighting in
Brindisi was the Metropolis from where Crusaders and visitors to the Holy
Land departed. It was considered to be the true "Pilgrim's
Entrance to the tempio
This is the north main entrance to the tempio,
but apparently, the "real" main entrance comes in from the garden area in the
back. However, this is the door where we entered the circular temple.
This small porch has two columns on the sides, supported by
two column-bearing lions. Legend has it that these two lion-supported columns
represent the constant
theme of the fight between good and evil.
We weren't sure what we might encounter
inside, but the $3Euro entrance fee seemed reasonable.
Inside the Tempio
Inside the temple there are many frescoes of
saints, the Virgin Mary and Baby Jesus, and Mary's Mother, Anne all, dating back
to the 12th century.
Some frescoes were painted several times,
because the original had faded. One image can show through the one on top, which
makes it a bit confusing trying to determine the specific details.
Due to a schism in 1054 between the eastern
and western factions of Christianity Brindisi,
with its port, constituted one of the
most important hamlets of the frontier of Western Christianity.
Pilgrims would come here to this temple to
pray for a safe journey overseas to the Holy Land, and those returning from the
Holy Land came here to thank God for a safe arrival home.
In the center, you can still make out this
depiction of St. George on his horse slaying a dragon. Mary and Baby Jesus are
on the right.
The fresco on the left you can see St. Anne
holding Mary as an infant.
The wooden ceiling
Due to various earthquakes over centuries,
the roof had collapsed and was replaced by this wooden structure.
Brighter colored frescos
St. Jacob is in the blue tunic on the right, and an archangel
with his long wings
is on the left.
The interior of the temple
Inside the temple, there are eight columns,
most of which date back to Roman times.
In the center, you can view into the basement
some ancient remains of a Roman home in Brindisi.
In the late 19th and mid 20th centuries, this
temple was used as a site for cultural meetings where famous people such as
Mahatma Gandi participated.
There is more information below on where to
find this ancient temple should you like to visit.
Tempio San Givanno, Brindisi, Italy
Piazzetta San Giovanni al Sepolcro
Phone: 0831 52 30 72 or - +39
0831 159 5367
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