Indeed, it was precisely the Knights Templar who managed to obtain patronage for the building from the pontiff.
After the destruction of the order, in 1312 the church passed to the Order of the Knights of Saint John (of Jerusalem), then to the monks of Saint John and later to various confraternities until 1860, when it became property of the State, and was entrusted to the municipality of Perugia.
Outside, the church's appearance is rather bare, following the model of buildings built by the Templars in the Holy Land. Inside is a single nave with two bays and a groin-vaulted ceiling. There is a raised squared apse, introduced by a large triumphal arch, containing frescoes from the 13 th
and 14 th
centuries of great importance like Procession of the flagellants
, the Battle between Templars and Muslims
, the Legend of San Bevignate
, on whose cape is some graffiti engraved between the end of the 15th and the 16th century perhaps by pilgrims, followers or Templars.
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