The Oratory of San Marco is a Byzantine-style oratory situated in the old town centre of Rossano, a frazione of Corigliano-Rossano.

The church was built in the 10th century by St. Nilus the Younger as a place of retirement for nearby eremite monks and is one of the most important testimonies to Byzantine art in Italy. It is the most ancient monument in the city and was originally dedicated to St. Anastasia. It has a Greek cross plan with five characteristic domes on cylindrical drums and, in the past, the entire building was supported by very thin columns then these were covered with cement after restoration works. Between 1928 and 1934, during the restoration works, a fragment of a fresco picturing a Virgin Hodegetria was discovered.



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Founded: 10th century AD
Category: Religious sites in Italy

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Antonella Rizzo (6 months ago)
Gino Vulcano (8 months ago)
Beautiful monument
Giancarlo Sisca (10 months ago)
Known as the Byzantine of Rossano. Small but immense in her story.
Marco Savastano (MarkGamer16) (14 months ago)
The church is absolutely amazing. With its ancient atmosphere you feel to have went back in the past. Outside you can find a gorgeous view of the endless landscape. I strongly recommend this place. Is cute and a must see, as the town of Rossano-Calabro.
Francesco Lorusso (16 months ago)
A beautiful millenary church of which it has been ruined with modern plasters to cover all the masterpieces ....
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