MARTANO

Martano is a Salento City of Art, in the province of Lecce. It is part of the Greek Salentina: a geographical area where they speak Griko, a dialect with Greek origins.
The origins of its name derives from the Roman centurion, Martius Pegaseus, who was given some land from the Republic (267 BC) for valour shown during the war against the Greek colonies of Taranto., allied at the time to the Messapian centres in Puglia.

This theory has however been argued by the Philosopher, Luigi Pisanò, who attributes the origins of its name to a local humanist and poet who assumed the name of Martius.
With the end of the Roman Empire (476), Martano passed first under Ostrogoth Reign (496-535) and then after the Greek-Gothic War (535-553), became a stable Byzantine settlement where it remained for centuries until the arrival of the Normans (11th Century).
In 1190, King Tancredi gave it in feudatory to Giorgio Roma.
Under Spanish domination, Ferdinand and Alfonso of Aragona ordered construction of the Castle (15th Century. The feudatory of Martano then passed to the Bucale Family in 1545, the Demonti’s in 1591, the Marchese’s in 1698, the Brunossi’s in 1742 and then in 1748 to Sebastiano Gadelata, who acquired it for 50.000 ducats.
The religious buildings of Martano are numerous: Other than the cathedral dedicated to the Madonna dell’Assunta (Madonna of the Assumption), one can visit the churches of: Madonnella, San Lorenzo, Santa Lucia, Santa Maria of the Angels, SS: Medici, Congreca and the Teofilo.
Just outside the central habitation, one can visit the Santa Maria della Consolazione (..of consolation) Monastery, which preserves precious works in its library.
In the neighbourhood, one can visit the Specchia dei Mori (Messapian) and the Menhir San Totano, testimony of the existence of populations which already inhabited the territory since Neolithic times.

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