San Sosti

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San Sosti
Comune di San Sosti
San Sosti is located in Italy
San Sosti
San Sosti
Location of San Sosti in Italy
Coordinates: 39°39′36″N 16°1′42″E / 39.66000°N 16.02833°E / 39.66000; 16.02833Coordinates: 39°39′36″N 16°1′42″E / 39.66000°N 16.02833°E / 39.66000; 16.02833
Country Italy
Region Calabria
Province Cosenza (CS)
Frazioni Macellara, Fravitta
 • Total 43 km2 (17 sq mi)
Elevation 355 m (1,165 ft)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 2,126
 • Density 49/km2 (130/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Sansostesi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 87010
Dialing code 0981
Patron saint St. Joseph
Saint day March 19

San Sosti (from Greek: Άγιος Σώστης - Agios Sostis) is a comune in the province of Cosenza, in Calabria.


Bronze axe from San Sosti, 6th Century BC, (British Museum)

A highly decorated bronze axe-head was discovered near San Sosti in 1846. This votive offering was later bought by the collector and goldsmith Alessandro Castellani, from whom it was eventually acquired by the British Museum in 1884.[2] On the axe is inscribed an important dedication in the Achaean dialect of Ancient Greek that can be dated to the sixth century BC.

In 1448, people from Albania migrated to San Sosti.

Main sights[edit]

  • Sanctuary of Madonna del Pettoruto, founded in 1274 by the monks of the Abbey of Acquaformosa. It was rebuilt after the earthquake of 1783. It houses a 17th-century stone sculpture of a Madonna with Child
  • The Abbey of San Sozonte (10th-11th centuries)
  • The ruins of the Rocca, a 10th-century castle, which according to tradition was used by Hannibal during the Punic Wars.

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External links[edit]

(in Italian)