Gerace has Calabria's largest Romanesque cathedral. Dating from 1045, its three aisles are divided by columns salvaged from classical villas and temples in the area; later alterations have not robbed it of its majesty. The interior is wonderfully austere and admission includes entry to the attached Cathedral Treasury museum with a glittering array of tapestries and ecclesiastical riches.

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