CANCELLARA

In the Valle del Basento, not too far from Potenza is where one will find Cancellara, offering an interesting stop for visitors through the beauty of its Medieval pearls of art.

History

The origins of the village date back to the Longobard era, although its territory was previously inhabited, as shown by finds of a Necropolis in the “Serra del Carpine” locality dating back to the VI century BC.

Its name possibly derives from the Latin Cancellatus referring to the presumed function of a prison camp or to Canculi, meaning wild animal traps.

The already fortified village passed firstly to the Normans then the Swabians, and tried to reject the Guelph advance commanded by the Angioiniansans in all of Italy (1268). The new sovereigns gave it in fief to the De Beaumonts and over the centuries it passed into the hands of the most powerful families in the South: the Orisini del Balzo, the Caracciolo and many others until 1775, when it passed to Benedetto Candida.

The population of Cancellara, joyfully welcomed Republican ideals which were diffused in Italy by Napoleonic troops proclaiming independence and planting a Freedom Tree in the Piazza (Square).
Then during the 19th century, Cancellara was seat of a Carbonara Rivendita (Smaller city associations linked to the Carbonari movement which promoted independent ideas) and adhered to the Renaissance motions which took it to the end of the Bourbon Reign of the Two Sicilies (1861).

Following this, there were numerous episodes of capture and abuse of power attributable to the Brigandage phenomenon which only terminated after 1880.

A visit to the City

Cancellara preserves an integral Medieval village town planning structure dominated by the Castle which was constructed by the Acquaviva of Aragona Family (1300). In the vicinity one can visit the Sant’Antonio Church which preserves frescoes from the XV century and the Chiesa Madre (Mother Church) dedicated to S. Maria del Carmelo.
Other important religious buildings are: the Santa Caterina D’Alessandria Church dating back to the Longobard era, the San Rocco Church (XV century) and the San Francesco Church and Convent.

Place of interest

The Medieval Castle; Matrix Church of S. Maria del Carmelo; San Caterina D’Alessandria Church (VII century); SS Annunziata Church and Convent (1604); S. Antonio Church; San Francesco Church and Convent; S. Rocco Church (XV century); Fountains.

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