Very nice small Bizantine church
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.
Contemporary Art Museum
MUSABA is a living entity composed which vital parts are a park, a laboratory and a museum.
MUSABA is a magical place in which arts, architecture and nature create and impressive mix. MUSABA is located in the middle of Torbido Valley, in the council of Mammola, Reggio Calabria province. This is an area full of contradictions, in which the stark landscape and the heritage of the different cultures that crossed this place play a strategic part.
MUSABA was born in 1969 when Nik Spatari and Hinske Mass decided to create an arts hub on the ruins of the ancient Santa Barbara historical complex.
Starting from the end of the 60’s they proposed exhibitions of contemporary art located into the ruins and wild nature; since then they never stopped restoring, digging up and building new objects with recyclable materials.
MUSABA’s area is packed with Nik Spatari’s works, like mosaics, plastic craftworks, the coloured church known as ‘Cappella Sistina’ of Calabria and the Art Box that are hosting structures for artists.
MUSABA is the visionary dream of a couple of artists who decided to deal with the problems of creating a living art hub in a marginal area like Calabria; this place show how the commitment for the growth of the south is possible and, overall, more exciting than doing the same activity in a friendly background.
Author: Chiara Falcone.
The Cattedrale of Gerace is a must-see
Gerace is a medieval small town of the Ionian coast. Gerace looks at the sea but hides its most beautiful secrets in the interior area; in fact the amazing Cattedrale of Gerace, built during the first half of XI century, stands 10 kilometers inland. This small town is definitely worth of a detour.
Hints of Magna Graecia
Locri has been one of the most important cities of Magna Graecia. Its story begins during the VIII century B.C. with the arrival, on the shores of southern Calabria, of a group of settlers from Locris, a poor region of the ancient Greece. Due to the importance of its past today is fundamental to visit the archaeological area of Locri Epizephyrii. This area is located in the Portigliola district, a few kilometers away from the centre of modern Locri. The archaeological park contains significant evidence relating to the ancient Greek and Roman city: the remains of Centocamere, the theater, the Temple of Marasà, the sanctuary of Demeter Thesmophoros, part of Greek city walls and a thermal building, known as Casino Macri Museum. The Archaeological Museum of Locri, which is located on the edge of the Marasà sacred area is rich in important finds.