MAMMOLA

Mammola is a charming village located between the Serre mountains and the Aspromonte chain. It is the gateway to the National Aspromonte Park that includes the medieval hamlet and a part of Mammola territory. The first settlement dates back to the 4-5th century B.C. and it developed at the end of the 10th century A.D. when a stable village rose and housed people who fled from Saracen raids.

Several structures are evidence of the ancient history of Mammola: the indigenous necropolis in Mt Scifo, the Greek-Roman one in Santa Barbara, the Hellenistic one in Boccafurri and the caves of the Brigante, Palombaro and Turri

A famous battle took place on the shore of the Sagra river (now called the Torbido river) in the 6th century B.C., during which the Locrians, allied with the Reggio army, defeated the powerful Krotoniates.

In ancient times, when places had not yet been named, the streets and districts of the town were denominated by Jewish, Arab and Greek words: Certò, Begna, Buveri, Fana, Mammuleju, Ponzo, Cuccianni, Cundutteiu, Gellario, Gruttu, that have survived in the people’s language.

It was the refuge of Byzantine monks who contributed to make Mammola a town where activities, like silk growing, as well as literature and science studies flourished.




 


Address Via Dante Alighieri 10
  89045 Mammola (RC)
Phone number 0964 414025
Fax 0964 414003
Website http://www.comune.mammola.rc.it
 

 

Mammola territory is included in the National Aspromonte Park and the Serra mountains.  A network of paths, some of which suitable for trail ridings and cycling, crosses the area.  It is the destination of enthusiastic hikers that appreciate its geographical position and beautiful landscapes.  Wonderful panoramic trails include Sentiero dei Greci, Cascata di Salino, Monte Sant'Elia, Rifugio Montano-Monte Seduto, Monte Scifo and Borgo Chiusa.

The town has the characteristics of a typical Medieval village with houses built around small squares (Ferrari, Magenta, Del Parlamento, Largo Pace, San Giuseppe), Kasbah alleyways (Casba), small houses and noble buildings (De Gregorio, Ferrari, Del Pozzo, Florimo, Spina e Casa Tarantino), built from the 16th century on with different architectonic styles going from the Classical one to the Baroque.  

The Latin-cross Main Church is dedicated to Saint Nicholas of Bari and dates back to the Byzantine-Norman period. The three nave church was re-built in the 16th century in the Renaissance style and it is one of the largest religious buildings in the Province of Reggio Calabria. It houses the chapel dedicated to Saint Nicodemus, the patron saint of Mammola, whose relics are kept in a bronze reliquary.   

The Shrine is dedicated to saint Nicodemus. It is the place where the saint lived with his brethren in the 10th century. The church is located on the Limina plateau in the National Aspromonte Park.

Other churches of the town include Madonna del Carmine, Annunziata, San Giuseppe, San Filippo Neri, the Basilian grange of San Biagio, the church of Assunta alla Limina, the church of Reito and the ancient monastery of Santa Barbara, partially redeveloped to host the Santa Barbara Museum Park.

The MUSABA, (Museum of Modern and Contemporary art) has a remarkable artistic value. It was founded by two artists, Nik Spatari and Hiska Maas at the end of 1960s. The founders chose Santa Barbara, a 10th century ruined Carthusian grange to develop a global project aimed at producing art with precise historical and environmental references. Thanks to its geographical location, it is one of the main gateways to the National Aspromonte Park. MUSABA is an open-air museum park, a scientific inter-acting structure, a fertile ideas lab that has hosted several artists from all around the world. 



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