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2016-08-05 18:42:34
Schedules of Opening MuMar and Park of the Rests of the Convent of S. Domenico

Morning: 9:00 - 13:00

Afternoon: 16:00 - 20:00 (summer schedule)

                15:00 - 19:00 (winter schedule)

Museums of Soriano Calabro



The Dominican convent in Soriano Calabro has an important place in the art of southern Italy. Around the “Holy Image” of St Dominic which was thought to have been painted by a divine hand, one of the most important baroque sanctuaries in Europe grew up during the 17th and 18th centuries. The work of the Dominican fathers, the favour of kings and viceroys and the contributions made by noble families, high ranking priests and the faithful contributed towards increasing the convent’s wealth. The “glorious apparition” was celebrated by commissioning high altars, marble decorations and other high quality works of art for the church. Recent studies have shed much light on the production of some of the surviving works of art, many of which are fragmentary. This has been possible thanks to the recent acquisition of documents, critical analyses and attributions which reveal the work of artists who came to Soriano from all over Italy or produced artefacts which were sent to the Dominican church in Soriano. Unfortunately the 1783 earthquake reduced much of the imposing architectural complex to rubble and marked the end of baroque art in the south of Italy. Some of the marble fragments from the convent have been repaired recently. They are of very high quality and include the bust of St Catherine of Siena which was closely inspired by the work of Gianlorenzo Bernini. During excavations and the reorganization of the site, other important works by Giuliano Finelli, Orfeo Boselli, Giuseppe Scaglia, Antonio Corradini, Matteo Bottigliero and Francesco Pagano have also come to light. Today the Museum of Marble (MUMAR) in Soriano is housed inside the ancient convent of St Dominic and contains most of the marble decorations recovered from the ruins of the “Holy House” around which an aura of mystery pervades still today. The enormous granite façade designed by the Carthusian architect Bonaventura Presti bears witness to a past which has almost acquired mythical status, a glorious part of Calabrian history. The convent and its surroundings evoke strong feelings in the visitors who arrive in this part of Italy, drawn by a renewed passion for the “Grand tour”.
(Mario Panarello)

News
2016-08-05 18:42:34
Schedules of Opening MuMar and Park of the Rests of the Convent of S. Domenico

Morning: 9:00 - 13:00

Afternoon: 16:00 - 20:00 (summer schedule)

                15:00 - 19:00 (winter schedule)

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POR CALABRIA FESR 2007/2013 L.I. 5.2.5.1
Avviso Pubblico Valorizzazione BBCC-II Edizione

ASSE V - RISORSE NATURALI, CULTURALI E TURISMO SOSTENIBILE

Obiettivo Specifico 5.2 - Valorizzare i beni e le attività culturali quale vantaggio comparato dalla regione Calabria per aumentare l'attrattività territoriale, per rafforzare la coesione sociale e migliorare la qualità della vita dei residenti.