Every Sunday at 930am in the 11th century church of San Giovanni Crisostomo, Arco San Giovanni 1, a Catholic mass is held following a Byzantine ritual. This ceremony bears witness to the strong links which Bari still keeps with its past. In one of the four chronicles on the removal of the relics of San Nicola, The Russian Legend of Kiev, reference is made to the church of San Giovanni “Prodromos” next to the sea as the first place where the remains were stored. It is more likely that the church in question was that of San Giovanni Crisostomo. This church, like so many others in the old town, was the victim of devastating neoRomanesque restoration carried out during the 1960s, which cancelled out layers of history. Indeed, the façade has a cold, artificial appearance which is badly suited to its ancient past. The restoration work wiped out the original colour, a result of the passage of time on its symmetrical, perfectly chiselled ashlar; the Renaissance portal has today been incorporated within an anonymous and artificially enlarged entrance. However, the most serious damage is evident inside; the 18th century nave covering, lateral arches, barrel vault, Baroque giltwood altars, 16th and 17th century paintings and most of the ecclesiastical decor have all disappeared. Several years ago, traces of the church's Romanesque period (11th and 12th century) came to light, such as a marble pluteus with etchings of the tree of life between a winged lion and a gryphon devouring a goat and a boar.