SORIANO CALABRO

Soriano Calabro stands at the foot of the Serre Plateau, midway between the Tyrrhenian and Jonic coasts of Southern Calabria, in the territory of the Cornacchia and Caridi torrents.

History

The suburbs' name cites Basilian monks from Siria (X century) as its founder.

Others believe that it was founded by the Normans (XI-XII century).
What is certain, is that it was administered by the Carafa family until 1495, when it was acquired by the Dominicans who erected a magnificent Convent with a church and library annexed to it.

From that moment on, the religious order characterised the history of the suburb and also undertook numerous social activities for the population.
An earthquake (1659) destroyed the Convent for the first time, which was immediately rebuilt.

The 1783 earthquake destroyed the dwellings of Soriano Calabro, also changing the morphology of the territory where it stood.

A visit to the City

The historical centre of Soriano is located upstream from the present day suburb, where one will come across the San Domenico Church, rebuilt after the 1783 earthquake. In its interior in the apse, is where one can admire a miraculous canvas which tradition states was given to a friar by the Virgin during the '500s.

In the nearby San Domenico Convent, apart from numerous marble and canvas works of art dating back to the '600s, one can visit the San Domenico Library which hosts more than 10.000 volumes.

One should also visit the Carmine Church which hosts a statue dating back to the '600s, the small San Francesco Church and the beautiful granite Fountain in the centre.

At the top of the hill, one can still visit the remains of the Castle.

Place of interest

- Chiesa di San Domenico ('500)
- Convento di San Domenico
- Chiesa del Carmine
- Chiesa di San Francesco
- Palazzo Municipale ('800)
- Resti del Castello
- Presepe, Convento Domenicano
- Fontana in granito

Museums

- Mostra permanente di artigianato
- Biblioteca di San Domenico, Convento Domenicano

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