Among the main historical and architectural sights of the capital, it is particularly worth mentioning the many churches, which embed an extraordinary artistic heritage, starting from San Gerardo Cathedral. Originally dedicated to the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, between the 12th and 13th centuries it was named after Saint Gerard. The Cathedral is located on the highest point of the historic centre. Its construction dates back to the 13th century, but it was rebuilt in the 18th century according to a design by architect Magri, a pupil of Vanvitelli. The interior houses a Roman sarcophagus containing the remains of Saint Gerard, while below the main altar, a crypt with a polychrome mosaic of the 3rd-4th century has been found. The bronze doors of the main façade, made by Calabrian sculptor Giuseppe Niglia in 1968, are valuable.

20 Basilicas, Sights and Enchantment Furthermore, on the main city centre’s street, via Pretoria, you can visit the Chiesa di San Michele, that was founded in 1178 and is a treasure trove of works of art: a 16th-century fresco depicting the Virgin enthroned with the child and an Annunciation, a masterpiece by Pietrafesa; the Chiesa di San Francesco, dating back to the 13th century, which houses treasured 14th-century frescoes, and another depicting the Martyrdom of St. Sebastian, made in the 1500s by Todisco; the Chiesa della Trinità, dating back to the 11th century, and rebuilt after the earthquake of 1857. Near the historic centre, the Chiesa di Santa Maria del Sepolcro, one of the most ancient churches in the city, dating back to the 12th-13th century, is really worth a visit. The interior boasts a 17th-century wooden coffered ceiling and several works of art dating back to the 15th century.