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CASARANO

A City of Salento in the province of Lecce, Castrano preserves a unique artistic-architectonic gem: the Paleochristian Church of S. Maria della Croce (5th Century AD).

According to tradition, the City was founded by a Roman centurion called Caesar, who was assigned this land after the civil revolts of the I Century BC. Casarano lived the Imperial Era in the shadow of the more powerful Gallipoli.
Later, it was scourged by the barbaric invasions of the Goths, Eruli and Vandals arriving at the ephemeral Ostrogoth Reign, which was swept away from the Byzantine army commanded by General Belisario during the Greek-Gothic War (535-553).
The decline of the Longobards in Italy (570 AD) didn’t reach this area of Puglia before the 7th Century, but its Southern position left it in continual transit between Byzantine and Longobard ownership.
In the 9th Century, the Saracens, settled in Bari, provoking the emigration of the City’s inhabitants towards the districts of Terra, Lacco and Sant’Elia.
The advent of the Normans during the 11th Century, brought back peace to the region and Casarano was entrusted to Ottavia Fuggetta, then under the Swabians (13th Century) to Goffredo of Cosenza.
The defeat of the Swabians by the Angioini (1266), took fief of Casarano under domination by Pietro Bertinaccio, and the Tomacelli, Filomarino, Conca and D’Aquino Families.
The conquest of the Aragonese in this part of Southern Italy (15th Century), coincided with the fall of Naples.
During the 18th Century, Duke Giacinto D’Aquino ordered the building of the Castle.
There are many churches to visit: the High-Medieval Church of the Madonna della Campana, Church of San Domenico (1536), Church of Maria SS. Annuziata (the mother church until the ‘600s), Church of S. Maria della Croce (Mary of the Cross - Casaranello, 7th Century), Church of the Immacolata (Immaculate Conception), Church of the Sacro Cuore (Sacred Heart), Church of San Giuseppe (St Joseph) of Copertino and San Pio and the Church of the Cuore Immacolato di Maria (Immaculate Heart of Mary).
It’s also worth walking along the streets of the historical centre of Casarano, where it’s possible to admire noble buildings and discover the particularity of its houses with courtyards.
Every year the City comes to life during its Easter celebrations in Holy Week. People walk through the streets and into churches for the entire night.

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