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Address: 89040 Stilo, Italy

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A little Byzantine gem

The Cattolica of Stilo is probably the single most important classical Byzantine monument in Southern Italy despite its small size. It is also very picturesque as it is tucked in... read more

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Budapest, Hungary
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14 reviews
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The Cattolica of Stilo is probably the single most important classical Byzantine monument in Southern Italy despite its small size. It is also very picturesque as it is tucked in the steep side of Monte Consolino, a huge rocky mountain above Stilo. The church itself is superbly restored and its surroundings are carefully maintained. Inside there are interesting medieval frescoes... More 

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Reviewed 22 February 2017 via mobile

Very worth to visit. Unique place. The views from the top are amazing, especially when the weather is nice. Nice historical town around. Easy to find.

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Sofia Region, Bulgaria
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Reviewed 27 July 2016

not a lot of words about one of the best preserved byzanthine church in the world. Cattolica of Stilo ia an incredible surprise for us. not so spacious inside but wonderful affrescos made us marvelling !!!

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Catania, Italy
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Reviewed 6 July 2016

This is off the beaten path, but very unique and interesting. Climb to the top, where you too can take a picture just like this one and see views to the Ionian Sea...magnificent!

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Rome, Italy
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 398 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 June 2016

The only Byzantine church in Calabria. Very well preerved. If in town of Stilo - a must see - Just outside of the town on the hillside. Suggest you take car.

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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 3 May 2016

This is a really incredible former monastery to see in the picturesque town of Stilo. If you're exploring Calabria's sites don't miss this. Including incredible fresco paintings from the Byzantine Era, the Cattolica building is small but wonderful. Included is even some Islamic inscriptions from when the building was used by the region's Arabic ancestors.

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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 19 January 2016

This byzantine church is sooo amazing. It is very small inside but very beautiful. Well worth a visit. Stilo itself is a stunning town with the most amazing views. We spent the whole day exploring. A beautiful part of the world.

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Athens, Greece
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Reviewed 23 September 2015 via mobile

I travelled alone there during February 2014. This hamlet is so peaceful and the view is one of the most amazing that i ever seen before. Cattolica is a church where Tommaso Campanella made Stilo famous for his Scripts like "La Cittá del Sole - City of the Sun". I suggest to Travellers, Wanderers and fanatic of Arts to see... More 

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Rome, Italy
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Reviewed 5 August 2015 via mobile

This is a jewel on the mountain. Yes it is a small road to arrive but well worth the visit. Make sure to leave a little something to support the church. No entrance fee.

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Leeds, West Yorkshire
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Reviewed 25 July 2015

Well worth a visit, easy to miss the turning off the main road opposite a ceramic tile shop. Large car park which is usually quite empty. Lovely cafe which does its own Bergamot ice cream and rustic antipasto. Defiantly worth stopping for something to eat and drink Enjoy the panoramic view before the short walk to the beautiful church. This... More 

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