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Tempio San Givanno, Brindisi, Italy

(Also known as the Church of the Holy Sepulchre)

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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 the Crusades.

The port of Brindisi was the Metropolis from where Crusaders and visitors to the Holy Land departed. It was considered to be the true "Pilgrim's Port."

 The outside of Tempio San Givanno, Brindisi, Italy

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.

Our tickets to visit Tempio San Givanno, Brindisi, Italy

Our tickets

We weren't sure what we might encounter inside, but the $3Euro entrance fee seemed reasonable.





Inside showing frescos, Tempio San Givanno, Brindisi, Italy

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.

Frescos at the Tempio San Givanno, Brindisi, Italy


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 ceiling at the Tempio San Givanno, Brindisi, Italy

The wooden ceiling

Due to various earthquakes over centuries, the roof had collapsed and was replaced by this wooden structure.





St. Jacob and archangel in the Tempio San Givanno, Brindisi, Italy

Brighter colored frescos

St. Jacob is in the blue tunic on the right, and an archangel with his long wings is on the left.

inside showing a roman home at the Tempio San Givanno, Brindisi, Italy

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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