Santa Maria del Patire Abbey

Corigliano-Rossano, Italy

The Abbazia di Santa Maria del Patire (St Mary of Patir Abbey) is a church and monastery Corigliano-Rossano. It was founded in 1095 by Bartholomew of Grottaferrata. It was dedicated to Saint Mary Hodegetria, although it is known as Saint Mary of Patir, which later became Patire, according to the popular pronunciation.

The church has a basilica plan with three apses that faces east. It is believed to be built over an earlier Byzantine church. The interior portion of the church has three naves that are divided by sandstone columns (no capitals). There are four decorative columns in presbytery area.



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Founded: 1095
Category: Religious sites in Italy


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Roberto Marzi (4 months ago)
Posto bellissimo, peccato che dopo tutte quelle curve per raggiungerlo lo abbiamo trovato chiuso
giuseppe saccone (6 months ago)
a few km from Rossano on a very beautiful road that climbs into the mountains, the church of San Maria del Patire is located in a vast open space. A must to visit Byzantine Calabria, a large building with bare interiors but with a floor that is worth the wonderful journey, it is also a place to spend a day away from the heat in an evocative landscape with a view that completely takes your breath away. on the Ionian Sea
Flavio Pacenza (9 months ago)
Place surrounded by nature and the history of the city. You can safely park, admire and stop near the abbey of the patire, historic church of the city of Rossano. The silence, in some cases, is deafening.
Giuseppe Palmieri (14 months ago)
Enchanting abbey immersed in the Sila National Park. Internally its mosaic makes the sight shiver. Externally, the facade and the back with an adjoining courtyard are beautiful. Next to it is a restaurant / bar (not always operational).
joan vitale (2 years ago)
a beautiful place to spend time as ones prefers. Its history provides a window into the life as it was 11 century onward. This was my second visit, both times, to my disappointment the church was closed. The first time scouting the premises i found someone to permit us into the church. my recent visit again church locked, no one about. however as we arrived about 1:30 pm, 2 cars left. NOT A WORD SPOKEN. I believe they were park attendants leaving for lunch. I was told later by a friend they church is locked at 2 pm. I did not find this info on the site. in fact i read open 10-19 hrs. so beautiful place to rest and relax, peaceful but to see and learn very poor.
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