Cattolica Di Stilo
Nestled on a rocky outcrop on the slopes of Mount Consoles and placed in a più vast complex architectural and environmental, the Cattolica di Stilo è the symbol of Calabria Byzantine: from 2006, along with seven other Calabrian Basilian sites,è It was included in the list of candidates to become places Heritage of’ humanityà UNESCO and, for its uniquenessà ;,è It was chosen to represent the region at Expo 2015. The church was presumably founded between the end of X and the’ beginning of’ XI sec.,è of small size (7,40x7,50 m) andè set on a Greek cross plan with three apses oriented andè five-domed, according to a typical model of the Byzantine tradition.
L’ interior of the churchè decorated with large tracks of frescoes. The light, filtered through small windows, accentuates the verticalityà the sanctuary and expands the space. All’ outside the complex is compact and, from the point of chromatic and constructive view, the solid bricks brickwork creates a perfect mimicry with the landscape.
There are different hypotheses about the foundation and original function butè ; opinion common to feel the Catholic as a friendly place different realityà the succession over time: from the name Katholik memorize options n– that in the Byzantine tradition indicates the più church; important of the place– forÉ mile Bertaux the small church was the first cathedral of Stilo; for Bears and Venditti, however, given the small size, had to bear the liturgical center of a monastery of Greek monks, finally, the thesis mainly credited intended the Catholic belonging to a monastery, probably dedicated to’ Assunta, as evidenced by the mention&ldquo ; for dexeteram Catholici” contained in a document 1094 which refers to the monastic complex.