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The origin of Soriano Calabro , a calabrian little town located at the foot of the Serre Calabresi mountains, is scarcely documented.

There are many explanations about Its date of foundation, but the most accredited theory says it was founded by in VII and VIII c. A.C. by a group of monks composed mostly of Syrians, which was taken from the name of their Country.That groups of monks belonging to St. Basilio’s order built in Soriano many villages and churches.

Around the year 1000 Soriano was became an important city during the Normans’ arrival, since count Ruggiero included it as a feud of his dominion. However it became important thanks to its location. Indeed it was a junction between the monastic centre of Serra san Bruno and Mileto where Ruggiero had his residence and where his court was open to officers, prelates, dignitaries, legates, princes and philosophers.

In the year 1501 the feud of Soriano was raised to count ship by Ferdinand II of Aragon, who appointed the noble Carofas from Nocera to rule it until ‘600.

In the 1510 Soriano' people thanks his strong religious feeling begin building a majesty Sanctuary in honour of St.Domenico. After 20 years, even if it wasn’t finished yet, it just become famous, for the numerous prodigies happened during the working progress and above all for the apparition of St. Dominic’s miraculous image of divine origins.
Popes and kings were particularly generous giving it a lot of material and spiritual rewards. However its full splendour was reached between the second half of the 16th century and the first half of the 17th century, while Soriano became important as trade centers and as commercial centers.

Throughout the 17th century, the Dominican Fathers were the authors of a driving thrust in the economic and social life of Soriano. They indoctrinated the inhabitants of Soriano, bringing in foreign workers and craftsmen on site and starting the processing of leather, rope, wax, textiles, basketry, clay, fireworks and - last but not least - the mastery of confectionery, of which they were the ancient guardians. It was the earthquake of 1783 which suddenly swept away the lively cultural and economic activity of Soriano, razing the town with its Monastery. Of all that diligent and feverish economic and cultural activity, today Soriano still keeps a few traditions. Among them, the production of mostaccioli and wicker has lasted until today, along with the processing of earthenware pottery at the hands of toughest inhabitants of Soriano.


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