Stilo’s ‘La Cattolica’ is one of the best expressions of bizantine style in Calabria. This building overlooks the Stilaro’s valley, also known as Bizantine Valley.
Its shape (is a square building) and location remind the visitor the old, almost magical, greek monks, with their long beards and their austere lifestyle, who found the perfect spot for their religious rites in the stark landscape.
‘La Cattolica’ stands on a hill called ‘Monte Consolino’ and it has been built during the X Century using recycled building material coming from Kaulon (a very important town of Magna Graecia). Each side of this square-shaped church is 7 meters long and the complex is overlooked by five magnificent Cupolas, covered with red bricks.