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
The suburbs' name cites Basilian monks from Siria (X century)
as its founder.
Others believe that it was founded by the Normans (XI-XII
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
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
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
- Mostra permanente di artigianato
- Biblioteca di San Domenico, Convento Domenicano
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