BRINDISI MONTAGNA

Not too far from Potenza, along the Valle del Basento on a majestic summit, is where one will find the ancient stronghold of Brindisi Montagna.

History

There are differing theories regarding the origins of Brindisi Montagna, which date the village as being founded during the Roman, Longobard or Carolingian eras. The Castle, however, positioned on higher rocky ground, definitely already existed during the IX century after Christ.

Furthermore, the territory surrounding the village was already inhabited during the Neolithic period as demonstrated by finds of Litici handicrafts, bracelets and Greek coins.

Brindisi Montagna was on the Ghibelline side during the clash between the Swabians and Angioiniansans (1268) and after the French victory, it was given in fief to Guidone de Foresta from King Carlo I d’Angio.

Under the Aragonese, it belonged to the powerful Sanseverino family and in subsequent years it changed hands to the Parisi and Antinori families, mainly following the history of feudalism in Brindisi.

An earthquake destroyed Brindisi Montagna during 1456, but it was subsequently reconstructed nearer the castle, also thanks to a contribution from Greek-Albanian families who arrived here in 1536, after Turkish expansive politics in the Orient. This year also saw construction of the Mother Church and that of S. Maria delle Grazie (1575).

In 1799, the population of Brindisi Montagna, strongly supported Republican ideals. A Freedom Tree was planted in the square, but not long after, the manifestation became repressed in blood by Cardinal Ruffo’s troops.
Following the Renaissance and Unitarian motions, Brindisi Montagna merged into the Reign of Italy (1861).

In 1961, a further earthquake demolished the ancient Castle, which was later partially rebuilt.

A visit to the City

Brindisi Montagna is dominated by its Mother Church, dedicated to San Nicola of Bari, whilst on a rock south of the City, one can admire the striking ruins of the Castle of ancient origins. It collapsed during the earthquake of 1964, but was partially rebuilt and now confers a unique fascination to the profile of the City and surrounding area.

One can also visit other churches, buildings and fountains in Brindisi.

Outside the habitation, one can visit Parco della Grancia, which hosts the San Demetrio Monastery.

Place of interest

The Chiesa Madre of San Nicola of Bari (1595-1627); the Castle; S. Lorenzo and Grancia of S. Demetrio Church; S. Vincenzo Ferreri Church; S. Maria della Grazie Church (1595); Brindisi Montagna Fountains; Votive Building of Brindisi Montagna; Palmenti; State Regional Forest of Grancia; Grancia Historical Rural and Environmental Park.

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