Oratory of Saint Mark

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Coordinates: 39°34′17″N 16°38′11″E / 39.5713°N 16.6364°E / 39.5713; 16.6364

The Oratory of Saint Mark is a Byzantine oratory situated in the old town centre of Rossano, in Calabria in Italy.

Description of the building[edit]

Oratory of St Mark, Rossano

The church was built in the 10th century by St. Nilus the Younger as a place of retirement for nearby eremite monks and is one of the most important testimonies to Byzantine art in Italy. It is the most ancient monument in the city and was originally dedicated to St Anastasia.[was this Anastasia the Patrician?] It has a Greek cross plan with five characteristic domes on cylindrical drums and, in the past, the entire building was supported by very thin columns then these were covered with cement after restoration works.[citation needed] Between 1928 and 1934, during the restoration works, a fragment of a fresco picturing a Virgin Hodegetria was discovered.[1]


  1. ^ "Saint Mark". Arte Sacra Rossano.