Gerace (Calabria): what to see in the medieval village


What to see in Gerace, itinerary including the main monuments and places of interest, including the Church of San Francesco and the Church of San Giovannello, as well as the remains of the Castle and the Baths.

Tourist information

Located on a hill in a panoramic position, Gerace has a historic center with a medieval appearance still intact.

Outside the walls there is the village, inside which there are small shops dug out of the tuff, where local craftsmen make terracotta objects.

In the hamlet, the part of the town located higher up, there are typical medieval houses located between very narrow streets, in addition to the most prestigious noble palaces.

The cathedral of Gerace has an interior with three naves with a typical structure of the Norman period and columns, equipped with ancient capitals, coming from the remains of Locri.

Among the works preserved inside the Cathedral of Gerace is the sarcophagus of the counts of Gerace, the great tabernacle of the 16th century, the Incredulity of St. Thomas, a work dating back to 1547.

From the left transept of the cult building you enter a crypt, dating back to the eighth century, which represents the oldest part of the cathedral.

This environment presents itself with a Greek cross plan and 26 columns from Roman villas and Greek temples.

What see

Of undoubted beauty is the chapel of Our Lady of Itria, dating back to 1261, with decorations composed of polychrome marble from 1613 and floors with Gerace majolica from 1700.

In the Chapel of San Giuseppe there is the first part of the Diocesan Museum, where sacred works of the Cathedral and other churches in the country are kept.

The most dated object is the small Reliquary Cross of the twelfth century, coming from Jerusalem, also it is possible to admire a pastoral of the eighteenth century, a silver statue of the Assumption, made in the eighteenth century, and the monstrance of the nineteenth century in gilded silver and hard stones.

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In the vicinity of the cathedral, it is possible to visit the Church of San Francesco D’Assisi, dating back to 1252 and which belonged to an ancient convent, with beautiful Arab-Norman decorations.

In the same square there is also the church of San Giovannello, dating back to the eleventh century and the church of the Sacred Heart.

In Gerace the ruins of the Castle and the Baths of Antonimina also deserve to be seen, renowned for their salty-iodine waters and already appreciated by the Greeks for their remarkable healing abilities.

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