Thanks for tagging along with me this far. I appreciate it and hope you’re enjoying the read. So far, I’ve covered the holiday and the man. The best way I can anyway. I think mentions of Valentine’s Burial Site will help figure if there was more than one man.
I shouldn’t be surprised that once again discrepancies continue when trying to determine his burial site. Again, there seem stories of two different men. One for Valentine of Rome and another for Valentino, the Bishop of Terni. But, they meld events from each man.
It’s much like playing the telephone game. Do you remember that as a kid? One person says something and whispers it to the next. By the time the last person said what they were told, it’s quite different.
Valentine of Rome’s Burial Site
Most scholars believe that Valentine’s burial site was along Via Flaminia. Via Flaminia was an ancient Roman military road. Approximately 198 miles long, stretching from Rome’s northern entrance of Piazza del Popolo (known today as Porto del Popolo), over the rugged Apennine Mountains and down along the Adriatic Seacoast.
The dark blue line on the map below represents the route Via Flaminia, the ancient military road travels.
Others believe Valentine of Rome was killed under emperor Gallienus (253-268). And a Christian woman named Sabinilla took his body and buried him in her own land. At the base of Parioli Hill.
Most Franciscan scholars believe that Valentine from Rome wasn’t even killed. They think he earned sainthood by financing the construction of the Basilica for Pope Julius I.
Scholar Agostino Amore believed Valentine never existed and, Vincenzo Fiocchi Nicolai believed that Valentine and the bishop were the same.
Well that makes it easier, for them anyway.
Bishop of Terni’s Burial Site
As mentioned earlier, the disagreements Italians have is in how the bishop’s body returned to Terni. Here’s what I found.
Italiofile.com states this loved bishop had many followers. They write the Catacombs of San Valentino housed his body for a short time. It is also said, his most devoted followers came to retrieve his body and that Valentine’s burial site is in Terni.
Later in 347, they built San Valentino Church over his grave in the style of a basilica.
Here’s another interesting twist. Apparently, it is customary for bones of the prominent religious (relics as they call them) to be distributed for glorification. If it’s true there’s really only one St. Valentine, then who’s the body showcased behind glass in the San Valentino Basilica?
Many locations claim to hold relics from St. Valentine. Here are just a few of them: Dublin, Prague, Malta, Madrid, and Rome.
I’m leaning heavier to there has always been more than one St. Valentine. That would mean there was more than one St Valentine’s burial site. How about you?
Watch out for my final Valentine’s Day post. That’s when I’ll try to connect all the dots and then some. I do hope you’re enjoying it so far. Part 4 is titled – What We Know About Valentine.
Missed part-2? Not to worry here you go!
Thanks for reading, I’d love to hear your thoughts.
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