CORLETO PERTICARA

Corleto Perticara is a Medieval centre of Val d’Agri. It is an agricultural centre immersed in green vegetation which is known today as a holiday locality.

History

Its name derives from the Latin term corulus, meaning hazel. While Perticara derives its name from neighbouring Castrum Perticarii, an ancient Roman centre known by the name of Perticaria, which already during the ‘500s results as uninhabited.

The present day habitation derives from a fort which existed during the Norman era (XII century).
It was subsequently a fief of the Sanseverino and Ruffo families and under the Aragonese (XV century), of the Sanframondi.
Under Emperor Charles V, (XVI century), the fief passed to the De Castella and became a marquisate of Casa Costanzo (15 March 1601). Mid way through the ‘600s, it passed therefore to the Riario family (1659), who ruled it unto the end of feudal rights (1806).

Just prior to Unification into the Reign of Italy (1861), the village was gravely damaged by seismic tremours (1857).

Corleto Perticara assumed a prominent role in the Liberal movement which led to the end of the Reign of the Two Sicilies: 16th August 1860 proclaimed the end of the Bourbon monarchy.
During the Second World War conflict, the area was seriously damaged and the Norman Castle was almost completely destroyed.

The 1980 earthquake once again damaged the habitation.

A visit to the City

After bombing during the Second World War, only a few arches remain from the Norman Castle, exactly where Palazzo degli Uffici is positioned, being the seat of the Municipal building.
Not too distant, one will find the Chiesa Madre, dedicated to the Assumption. It has an Arabian style dome, and preserves a Choir from the ‘600s in its interior.

Just outside the habitation, one will find the Madonna della Stella Sanctuary.

Place of interest

The remains of the Norman Castle: Palazzo degli Uffici; S. Maria Assunta Matrix Church; S, Antonio of Padua Church and Convent; S. Antonio of Padua New Church; SS Annunziata Church; Fountains; Madonna della Stella Sanctuary.

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