GROTTERIA

In a wooded territory, cultivated with olive groves and fruit orchards, is where one will find Grotteria, a Medieval centre of the Torbido valley, not too far from the Ionian coast of Southern Calabria.

History

The centre came about during the Byzantine era and derives its name from the Greek word Kripteria (hiding place), or Akropteria (situated on higher ground).

A Pre-Hellenistic necropolis (IX-VIII century BC, S. Stefano) has been found not too far from the centre and a Magno-Greek building (V century BC) in Croceferrata on Mount Palazzi.

The village assumed the name of Agrettaria or Gruttaria during the Middle Ages and reached its maximum development during the XVI century.

Numerous seismic events and floods have damaged Grotteria over the centuries. An earthquake almost destroyed it during 1783, but its inhabitants insisted on reconstructing in the same place.

A visit to the City

Grotteria is dominated by the remains of its Castle of ancient foundation (Byzantine?) from where one can enjoy a beautiful panorama leading up to the Jonic coasts. The San Nicola of Bari Church is positioned nearby.

The historical centre maintains its evocative Medieval aspect, where among the alleyways (Vineje) and arches, one can admire nobiliary portals and fountains.

The Matrix Assunta Church, of ancient foundation, was reconstructed in 1930 after an umpteenth earthquake. The Crocifisso Church (XVI century), with a single nave, was reconstructed after earthquakes, as was the San Domenico Church. The Sant'Antonio Church (1640) preserves a statue dating back to 1752 of S. Vincenzo Ferreri (Saint Vincent Ferrer).

Place of interest

- Chiesa dell'Assunta (già esistente nel XI sec.)
- Resti del Castello medievale
- Chiesa del SS. Crocefisso (XVI sec.)
- Chiesa di San Domenico (XIV sec.)
- Chiesa di S. Antonio da Padova (1640)
- Chiesa di S. Nicola (1400)
- Cappella della Concezione
- Palazzo de Luna d'Aragona (XVI sec.)
- Portali nobiliari
- Mulini
- Portanova di Agropteria
- Necropoli preellenica, S. Stefano (IX-VIII sec. a.C.)
- Edifico magnogreco, Monte Palazzi (V sec. a.C.)
- Piani della Menta

Museums

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Events

- Carnevale
- Festa del SS. Crocifisso la 2° domenica di settembre
- Festa del SS.Crocifisso del Miracolo in novembre
- Presepe vivente

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