CERSOSIMO

Cersosimo is situated along the Sarmento Valley a few kilometres from Calabria. It is immersed in the wonderful natural setting of the Pollino National Park.

History

The village came about around the Kyr-Zosimi monastery which was founded by Basilian Monks from the Orient who arrived during the XI century. Its name derives from the monastery.

However, history takes us back to a previous period as demonstrated by the remains of walls which are still visible in the City (IV century BC). What is certain is that a Greek-Lucana Acropolis existed on the mount dating back to the same historical period.

During the Medieval period, with a change to Norman power, the monastery passed over to the Benedictine monks (XI century) from Cava and subsequently, Cersosimo firstly became a fief of the powerful Sanseverino family then of the Pignatelli.

During the 16th and 17th centuries, a period of major change occurred in the village’s town planning. Cersosimo became dependent on neighbouring Noepoli.

During the 18th century it entered into the territory of the Reign of the Two Sicilies and was governed by the Bourbons until the moment of the Unification of Italy (1861).

A visit to the City

Cersosimo conserves a Renaissance-Baroque town planning with Medieval elements as well as more ancient, like the Greek-Lucane walls, dating back to the IV century BC.

One can visit the following in Cersosimo: the Parrocchiale (Parish House) (XV-XVI century), the remains of the Basilian Monastery and those of the S. Maria of Constantinople Church.

The village is embellished by the presence of noble buildings, among which we wish to cite Palazzo Valicenti (XVII century), adorned with interesting carved stone portals.

The fact that Cersosimo is part of the Pollino National Park gives the possibility of enjoying many naturalistic excursions in panoramic spots, streams and grottoes in its surrounding territory.

Not too far from Cersosimo, one can visit San Paolo Albanese and San Costantino Albanese, villages which were repopulated during the XVI century by Greek-Albanian refugees who still today, preserve Greek ceremonies and traditions.

Place of interest

The remains of the town walls (IV century BC); archaeological area in the Monte Castello locality (IV century BC); the remains of the Kyr-Zosimi Basilian Monastery (XI century); Chiesa Parrocchiale (Parish Church) (XV-XVI century); the remains of the S. Maria of Constantinople Church; Palazzo Valicenti (XVII century); Portals of nobiliary buildings (XVIII-XIX century); Panoramic spots in the Castagnara and Castello localities.

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