CROPANI

On the slopes of the Piccola Sila, about 7 kilometres from the Ionian Coast of Calabria, is where one will find Cropani, situated in a panoramic position on a hill.

History

Its foundation came about during the Byzantine era (VI century AD), following destruction of the Ostrogoth Reign (494-535).
The centre derives its name from Kropos, meaning fertile ground.

However, its territory was previously inhabited beginning during the Neolithic era until the Roman period, as demonstrated by archaeological finds over the last few years.

Reports narrate of a singular event which took place during the year 831, when some Venetian merchants returning from Egypt, landed on the coasts of Cropani due to a storm. They had been in Egypt to steal the remains of Mark the Evangelist, and were welcomed so heartily by the Cropanese population, that on their departure they left a relic of the Saint in Cropani. Following this, they also granted Venetian citizenship to all the inhabitants.

With the Normans, Cropani was annexed to the county/earldom of Belcastro and during the XVI century, was known by the name of Cropant.

A visit to the City

The Assunta Mother Church is stunning with its Romanesque portal and beautiful rose window in its façade. One should take note of the height of the its bell tower. It houses canvases from the XV and XVIII centuries and a statue of the Madonna with Child (1588) in its interior.
Other noteworthy churches are the: Santa Lucia, dating back to the XIII century, and S. Caterina d'Alessandria Complex.
Finds from digs carried out, beginning during 1995, have giving rise to an interesting exhibition at the Antiquarium, in the the S. Caterina d'Alessandria Complex.

Cropani also attracts seaside tourism. The Cropani Marina area is well fitted out with equipped beaches.

Place of interest

- Chiesa Matrice dell'Assunta (XV sec.)
- Chiesa di Santa Lucia (XIII sec.)
- Chiesa di Santa Caterina d’Alessandria (XVI sec.)
- Chiesa di San Giovanni Battista
- Arco (XV sec.)
- Palazzo Municipale
- Cropani Marina
- Parco Nazionale della Sila
- Visita di Santa Severina
- Visita di Belcastro
- Visita di Sersale
- Visita di Zagarise
- Visita di Petilia Policastro
- Visita di Andali

Museums

- Antiquarium comunale, ex sagrestia di S. Caterina d'Alessadria
- Museo Diocesano, Duomo dell'Assunta

Events

- La Naca (processione di Cristo Morto) a Pasqua
- Festa di San Michele l’8 maggio nella frazione di Cuturella
- Festa di Sant’Antonio il 13 giugno
- Festa della Madonna della Catena il 3° venerdì di settembre
- Festa di Santa Chiara il 10 agosto nel villaggio Carrao di Cropani Marina
- Presepe vivente a Natale
- Sagra della Crespelle a Natale
- Sagra dei Mparrettati a Natale

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