Rossano: Possible Trips within Calabria
St. Mark Oratory
The St. Mark Oratory (10th century, originally entitled to St. Anastasia) is the most ancient monument of the city and one of the best preserved Byzantine churches in Italy. It was built by St. Nilus the Younger in the 10th century for the ascetic retreats of the monks living in the tufa grottos underneath. It is a Byzantine-style edifice with rectangular Greek-cross plan, with five domes on cylindrical drums. Traces of the original wall frescoes remain. Rossano Cathedral
Rossano's cathdral is 1,200 years old, and still protects a Byzantine fresco from that era of the Madonna and Child. Rossano was once a stronghold for Constantinople throughout the Byzantine Empire, and several reminders of this partnership remain.
Rossano: The Diocesano Museum, with many preserved icons and the famous 12th-century Codex Purpureus. Rossano is also home to many Byzantine churches.