The Basilica of Santa Lucia extra Moenia
is an example of Byzantine style erected exactly, according to tradition, where the saint suffered her martyrdom in 303 AD. The basilica’s style at present dates back to 15th and 16th centuries. The portal, the three half-circular apses and the first two orders of the belfry are the building’s most antique elements which have luckily stood over the centuries. The Catacombs of St. Lucy
are situated under the basilica.
Other ancient buildings that deserve a visit are the Church of Santa Maria dei Miracoli
which was built in 13th century and the Church of San Cristoforo
and Chiesa della Concezione
with its Benedictine convent, both erected in the 14th century and rebuilt in 18th century
The Church of San Paolo
and the Church of the Spirito Santo
were built in 18th century.
Baroque can be admired in the Church of Santa Lucìa alla Badìa and the Church of the Jesuite College.
The Church of St. Benedict
dating back to 16th century was restored after the 1693 earthquake. The Death of Saint Benedict
by the Caravaggisti Mario Minniti is displayed in it.
The Church of San Francesco all'Immacolata
features a convex façade with columns and pilaster strips interspersed. The Svelata ("Revelation") was an ancient celebration held in it. During the celebration on every November 29th an image of the Madonna was uncovered.Basilica of St. John the Evangelist
was constructed by the Normans and destroyed in the 1693 earthquake. After an incomplete work of restoration the basilica was built where the ancient crypt of San Marciano was. The main altar follows the Byzantine style. Under the basilica are the Catacombs of San Giovanni
with thousands of tombs and a labyrinth of passages decorated with frescoes.