EPISCOPIA

Episcopia is located in a panoramic position along the Sinni Valley, in the interior of the Pollino National Park.

History

The centre’s name derives from the Greek Epis Kopia, meaning a look out post over the surrounding lands, which appeared during the Greek-Byzantine era.

The village developed not long after with the arrival of the Normans. It belonged to the Guiscardo family, who decided to construct the Castle (1090). During 1137, Ruggero the Norman, entrusted Episcopia to Jacopo della Roma and with the event of the Swabians of Frederick II (XIII century), it became the property of Don Ruggero Battaglia.

The arrival of the Angioiniansans (1268), who defeated the Swabians in battle, coincided for Episcopia with the ascension to power of the Sanseverino family, who governed the village for centuries.

Following this, it was bought by Camillo Della Porta (1500), whose family ruled until 1730, when Episcopia passed to the Chiaromonte family, and at the end of the XVIII century, to the Brancalosso family. The latter kept it until the abolition of feudal rights (1806).

Subsequently, ownership of the village was divided between the farmers of the territory.
During the Renaissance era, Episcopia adhered to Republican ideals, becoming one of the major centres of Basilicata which contributed to the proclamation of the end of the Bourbonic Reign of the Two Sicilies (1860) and to the birth of the Reign of Italy (1861).

A visit to the City

The centre of Episcopia coincided with its most representative construction: the Castle of Norman foundation, which preserves two towers, one cylindrical and one quadrangular.

The Chiesa Madre of San Nicolo is interesting and preserves in its interior, a wooden statue depicting the Madonna with Child (XIV century).

Strolling through the City, one notices the many nobiliary buildings which embellish the village.

On the outskirts of the City, one can find the Sant’Antonio Convent and Church.
Just outside Episcopia, one can visit the Santa Maria del Piano Convent.

Its geographic location in the interior of the Pollino Park allows numerous naturalistic excursions which lead to springs or panoramic spots around Episcopia.

Place of interest

The Feudal Castle (XIV century); S. Antonio Convent and Church (XVI century); S. Maria del Piano Sanctuary (X century); Chiesa Madre (Mother Church) of S. Nicola (XVII-XVIII century); the remains of the Frabasile Chapel; Chiesetta dell’Addolorata; S. Rocco Church (XVIII century); Palazzo Cocchiaro-Frabasile (XV century); Palazzo Frabasile (XIX century); Palazzo Guerriero; Palazzo De Salvo; Palazzo Verderosa; Greek Archaeological Area in the Pallareta and Cornale localites; Colle dei Greci Archaeological Area; Miretta, Tarantola and Serrituro Springs; Panoramic spots in the Manca di Sopra and “Gironi” di Episcopia districts.

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