Cattedrale di Maria Santissima Achiropita, Rossano

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Rossano Cathedral is a Roman Catholic cathedral in the city of Rossano, Italy, dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary as Maria Santissima Acheropita. It is the seat of the Archbishop of Rossano-Cariati, and previously of the Bishops and Archbishops of Rossano.History and descriptionThe cathedral was built in the 11th century, with substantial reconstruction in the 18th and 19th centuries. It has a central nave and two side-aisles, terminating in three apses. The bell tower and the baptismal font date from the 14th century, while the other artworks and furnishings are of the 17th and 18th centuries.''Maria Santissima Acheropita''The cathedral is famous for its ancient image of the Madonna Acheropita, an image of the Madonna and Child supposedly discovered in the cathedral plaster and not painted by human hand, which is dated to somewhere between about 580 and the first half of the 8th century.Rossano GospelsIn the sacristy in 1879 was discovered the Codex Purpureus Rossanensis ("Rossano Gospels"), a Greek evangeliary of the 5th or 6th century of Middle Eastern origin (probably Antioch), which was probably brought to Rossano by a monk taking refuge from the Arab invasions of the Middle East during the 9th and 10th centuries.The manuscript comprises 188 leaves of parchment dyed purple containing the Gospels of Matthew and Mark and the Epistula ad Carpianum (a letter from Eusebius of Caesarea to a Christian named Carpianus). Although it is mutilated and anonymous, the manuscript is perhaps the most representative testimony of the Byzantine connections of Rossano. The texts are in gold and silver ink, with 15 miniatures showing the most important moments in the life and preaching of Jesus.
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  • The 11century cathedral La Cattedrale di Maria SS. Archiropìta houses the Madonna Archtropìta, a venerated 9th century Byzantine fresco-painted by angels-according to the Greek inscription. The altar ...  more »
  • Aman: literally "not painted by human hands"! It is a place of worship, to visit. Transmits serenity and calm. Easy to reach, right in the city centre.
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  • If paean by rossano, worth the Cathedral of the Virgin Patron Saint of the city, and walk its cobbled streets and its ancient fort overlooking the coast, up to the old town by car is fantastic
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  • Beautiful location of the Cathedral in the country. It has a belfry decorated with tiles that sparkle in the Sun. The Interior is very nice, very rich with references to oriental art. The ogival portal with ancient columns.
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  • Cathedral of the Diocese of Rossano-Cariati. Very beautiful inside.
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  • Of discreet beauty
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  • Magnificent
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