Places Santa Cristina by Annie March 18, 2009 written by Annie March 18, 2009 Although the Lake Bolsena Territorial Museum sits at the top of the hill overlooking the medieval town and is dedicated to Bolsena’s history, it is the Church of Santa Cristina that captivates me each time we visit the town. This Romanesque church was built in 1078 over the catacombs where Santa Cristina, a young woman martyred during the reign of the Roman Emperor Diocletian, was buried. Thrown into the lake she refused to die, and floated to the top on a slab of volcanic rock. In 1263 or 1264, a young priest visiting from Prague on his way to Rome was saying Mass when he was amazed to see the host and wine actually turn into the body and blood of Christ. This then spilled onto the white altar cloth creating a stain resembling Jesus, onto the marble floor (a piece of it now in the reliquary – see photo), and into the catacombs below. The event had such a tremendous impact on the Christian world that Pope Urban IV, who was in nearby Orvieto at the time, immediately called it a miracle and inaugurated the Feast of Corpus Domini, which is still celebrated throughout the Catholic world today. 0 comment 0 FacebookTwitterPinterestEmail next post Girlfriends: Cheesecake? Related Posts StayAssisi – Il Nido Tranquillo September 30, 2020 L’Antica Vetreria: Right inside a village with pool... September 30, 2019 Get an Adrenaline Rush at Gole del Raganello September 30, 2019 Brigolante Guest Apartments — Assisi Countryside Accommodation September 30, 2017 Splendors of Sicily Walking Tour September 30, 2016 The Well of Santa Maria in Via July 14, 2016 The Magnificent Views of Belvedere Marittimo June 7, 2016 Under the Etruscan Sun in Prato February 2, 2016 Risiera di San Sabba January 27, 2016 Venice: Secret Passages of The Doges Palace January 11, 2016 Leave a Comment Cancel Reply Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.