The small church stands in the area of the ancient Vaita Filittèria, the Byzantine district of Medieval Spoleto. It was consecrated in 1174 and became one of the city’s parish churches. Ashlars and Roman spolia were used for its construction.
The outside is very simple; its left wall is embellished by an unfortunately ruined, big fresco portraying Madonna and four saints, dating to the 13th/14th centuries. The inside has a single nave, raised presbytery and a crypt, no longer accessible. The pictorial decoration dates to a period spanning across the 12th-16th centuries. The fresco on the left wall is particularly remarkable, it portrays the martyrdom of St. Thomas Becket from Canterbury and dates to the early 13th century. It is one of the oldest representation of the murder of the English bishop, following a dispute between the latter and the Chancellor of the Kingdom of England, Henry II. The incident can also be retraced to an episode of local history, the fight between Papacy and the Empire over the control of the Duchy of Spoleto.
The presbytery was added in the 16th century and was soon frescoed by local priest and painter Pier Matteo Piergili.
L’Umbria, Manuali per il Territorio, Spoleto, Roma 1978; W. Gaeta, La pittura a Spoleto nell’età romanica, in “Spoletium”, 1,
Address: Via Filitteria
Phone: +39 0743 46434
Managing body: Comune di Spoleto
Church of Santi Giovanni e Paolo
Until October 30th
Friday, Saturday and Sunday
closed from Monday to Thursday
From 31 October - WINTER TIMETABLE
Saturday and Sunday
closed from Monday to Friday
Full ticket € 2.00
Reduced ticket € 1.00 (from 15 to 25 years)
Free admission for children and teenagers up to 14 years of age