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Cattolica di Stilo

piazza Cattolica, 89049 Stilo, Italy
+39 371 345 5490
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Small preserved Church + great view

Don't be fooled, this would be called a chapel at best. Still a lot of history is contained within... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Simon W
via mobile
Doesn't disappoint

This is the main reason you'll have come to Stilo. It's small, smaller than you expect. It's... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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It is a small religious building located adjacent to the Stilo village, on the slopes of Monte Consolino. The term "Cattolica" probably comes from the Greek "Katholikon" which indicates the place of worship of a monastic complex or the cultural center for hermits who lived in the same area. The expressive richness, belonging to a typically Byzantine architectural tradition, places it in full title among the most notable Calabrian monuments.
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  • Very good18%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
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piazza Cattolica, 89049 Stilo, Italy
+39 371 345 5490
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Don't be fooled, this would be called a chapel at best. Still a lot of history is contained within a few square metres. Unmistakably Byzantine. Probably best in combination with the castle built above. Clearly efforts have been made to make this a neat visit...More

Thank Simon W
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is the main reason you'll have come to Stilo. It's small, smaller than you expect. It's beautiful, as beautiful as you may hope for. Makes the trip to Stilo worthwhile, totally.

Thank HJteK
Reviewed 28 April 2017

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...More

1  Thank zello1980
Reviewed 23 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.

1  Thank GGPPGG
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 !!!

3  Thank gimokarobert
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!

1  Thank TLB269
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.

1  Thank Romanbiker
Reviewed 4 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...More

1  Thank bdvz1109
Reviewed 20 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.

1  Thank Us2Exploring
Reviewed 24 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 -...More

1  Thank Giuseppe L
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