Friday, January 30, 2009

Saint Valentine Basilica- Terni, Umbria

Saint Valentine Basilica

Saint Valentine, Terni's first Bishop, died in 273 on the orders of the Roman prefect Placidus Furius during the persecutions ordered by the Emperor Aurelius.

The history and the Legend

His life, given to the apostolate and enobled by his matyrdom, induced the citizens of Terni in 1644 to proclaim him the Patron Saint of the City and the Patron Saint of Lovers.

But the fame of Saint Valentine all over the world is due to the legend which originated in the anglo-saxon countries, that he used to make the present of a flower from his own garden to his young visitors. Two of these young people fell in love; and this love resulted in a union so happy that many other couples followed their example. Because of this Saint the church was induced to dedicate one day of the year to a general benediction of the state of matrimony. The present Basilica was built in 1605 on the ruins of precedent temples, and contains works of art of a certain interest, in particular in the crypt.

Every year in the February month Terni celebrates Saint Valentine, the patron saint of town, with a series of cultural and religious meetings.

For a current list of events:

1 comment:

bertabella said...

Brava, Barbara. You did a great job! Now how many heart boxes in Ricco, Antico and Green Rooster are you going to buy from Cama Deruta, package in nice boxes and send out to customers who are bored by all sorts of ugly nicknacks? A work of art is something different, a cheerful toast to love! Roberta