church of San Zaccaria
The Byzantine fresco
The church of San Zaccaria was one of the most ancient
churches in Caulonia. From an ancient manuscript it was discovered
that this “temple of cult” had been founded by a Jew “for having
been enlightened by San Zaccaria to embrace the Christian faith”.
All that remains of this old church today is a Byzantine fresco,
depicting Jesus Christ, the Madonna and Saint John, in a small
apse which used to stand above the main altar. In the open book
that Jesus holds in his left hand, there is a part of verse
XII, chapter VIII, of Saint Johns Gospel, written in Greek:
“Ego sum lux mundi, qui sequitur me non ambulat in tenebris”.
There are a further two inscriptions on the onlooker’s
left, between the Madonna and Saint John, which say: "“emento
Domine, servi tui Nicolai Pere, sacerdotis, Domine, concede
ei resurrectionem” and “Iesus Christus Mater Dei, Ioannis praecursor”.
Like many other things belonging to the past, even this Byzantine
fresco continues to be exposed to the cruelties of time and