Si Trova: nelle campagne a sud di Palagonia
Lat: 37° 18' 23.54690" N - Long: 14° 44' 32.94809" E
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The remains of the small basilica of San Giovanni are located in the Catalfaro river valley.
It is a singular construction of typically early Christian architecture, with a rectangular plan, of which the apse and some columns are preserved.
The date of its construction is not exactly known, but it can probably be dated to the seventh century.
The church is one of the rare examples of laterally open basilicas (such as the Byzantine church of San Focà, located in Priolo Gargallo); instead of perimeter walls it has arches that were probably closed by wooden doors or heavy curtains, and probably it was surrounded by a fenced area.
It is currently in an extremely degraded state.
Some documents of the mid-sixteenth century tell us about its membership in the Order of the Knights of St.
John of Jerusalem.
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