San Demetrio Corone
|San Demetrio Corone|
|Comune di San Demetrio Corone|
|Province / Metropolitan city||Cosenza (CS)|
|Frazioni||Soferetti, Macchia Albanese, Sant'Agata|
|• Mayor||Antonio Sposato|
|• Total||57 km2 (22 sq mi)|
|Elevation||521 m (1,709 ft)|
|• Density||66/km2 (170/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|Patron saint||S. Demetrio Megalomartire|
|Saint day||26 October|
San Demetrio Corone (Arbëreshë: Shën Mitri) is a town and municipality in the province of Cosenza in the Calabria region of southern Italy. It is notable for the Collegio of Sant'Adriano, a boarding school which produced many patriots and theorists/revolutionaries in the Italian Independence wars
The village is surrounded by lush vegetation and overlooks the Piana (plains) di Sibari. Majestic views of the Apennine Mountains and the Ionian Sea dominate the scenery. It is bordered by Acri, Corigliano Calabro, San Cosmo Albanese, Vaccarizzo Albanese, Santa Sofia d'Epiro, Tarsia and Terranova da Sibari.
San Demetrio Corone has its origins in the 1470s, founded by Christians fleeing Albania to escape persecution from the invading Ottomans. The townsfolk are generally fluent in both Italian and Arbëresh language.
The church of Sant'Adriano (built ca. 1000AD), adjacent to the aforementioned Collegio, is a fine example of early Norman-Byzantine architecture and contains some exquisite mosaics and other ancient artifacts.
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