SERRA SAN BRUNO

Serra San Bruno is one of the major mountain tourist resort in Calabria. The tourist, spiritual, artisan and agricultural center is located between the Sila mountains and the Aspromonte. The buildings keep their untouched 18th-century features; the thick pine and fir forests and the thousand-year old wood, similar to an Alpine resort, are the ideal destination for hikers. The houses in the town have carved granite main doors, small sculpted wooden loggias and wrought-iron railings. It is the reference town for the surrounding villages. Vacationers enjoy the ideal climate of the area and the cool summers, and they love the good and healthy traditional dishes, in which mushrooms are frequently employed. Serra San Bruno’s cooking tradition includes pasta dishes like "la pasta alla serrese", lamb and pork meat dishes with a great variety of fried or oil mushrooms, traditional desserts like the “’nzulli” made by kneading water, flour and roasted almonds that, once baked, are fragrant and tasty.




 


Address Piazza Carmelo Tucci, 1
  89822 Serra San Bruno (VV)
Phone number 0963 7794
Fax 0963 70518
Website http://www.comune.serrasanbruno.vv.it
 

 

The houses in the town have carved granite main doors, small sculpted wooden loggias and wrought-iron railings, the result of the traditional activities of local craftsmen.

South of the town, the Charterhouse of Serra San Bruno stands in a forest of century-old conifers, gigantic beech trees, huge oaks and chestnut trees. It was founded by Bruno of Cologne in the 11th century, almost destroyed by the earthquake in 1783, and later re-built in a Neo-gothic style between the end of 19th century and the early 20th century. Remains of the original building include the ruined 16th century quadrilateral surrounding walls with round towers at the corners, the lower part of the Doric-order façade, a portion of the 17th-century rectangular cloister with a fountain at the center, the Renaissance façade of the church and the ancient Carthusian cemetery. The Charterhouse keeps remarkable 17th-18th-century artworks: a silver reliquary bust of St. Bruno, dated 1520, that is housed above the main altar, and a canvas portraying St. Francis of Paola. At present, few monks live in the Charterhouse, no one can enter it and its rich Library cannot be visited as well. The only place open to visitors is the Museum of the Charterhouse that collects the most remarkable artistic works of the place. The Museum is located inside the enclosed area, but there is a separate entrance for visitors. The Church where St Bruno died in 1101 stands close by; at the foot of a large staircase, the cave where the founder of the Carthusian order used to pray and sleep, and the small lake, with the statue of the praying saint at the center stand. Tradition has it that the monk’s remains stood there; when they were recovered to be transferred, the spring that feeds the lake suddenly flew. Serra has other architectural remarkable churches, including the Main Church of San Biagio dating to 1795 that has a high and elegant local stone façade, the work of stonemasons from Serra. The Church of Addolorata, located along the Corso Umberto I, with a refined granite Baroque façade erected in 1721, and the ancient Church of San Giovanni standing in the built-up area are worth to be visited. They house important artworks, including an exquisite wooden Baroque pulpit, marbles, bronzes and canvasses that were once kept in the ancient monastery.

The Museum of the Charterhouse, established in 1994, deserves a visit; it keeps documents and artworks belonging to the complex. The Church where St Bruno died in 1101 stands close by; at the foot of a large staircase, the cave where the founder of the Carthusian order used to pray and sleep, and the small lake, with the statue of the praying saint at the center. Tradition has it that the monk’s remains stood there; when they were recovered to be transferred, the spring that feeds the lake suddenly flew.



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