Basilica of St. Valentine, Terni
The patron saint of lovers, celebrated worldwide on Feb. 14, was bishop of Terni.
The Basilica of San Valentino stands just outside the old town centre of Terni, on the site of an ancient Christian cemetery where St Valentine was buried. He was the first bishop of the city and a martyr, who lived in the 3rd century AD.
The first church dedicated to his worship was the site of the historic meeting in 742 AD between Pope Zachary and the old King of the Lombards Liutprand, passionate upholder of the miraculous power of the martyr, whose remains were already venerated at this site. Ceded to the Benedictines between the 8th and 13th centuries, the Basilica suffered the fate of the city of Terni, which was subjected to raids, looting and destruction.