GENZANO LUCANIA

Genzano Lucania is a location belonging to the Alto Bradano region, and enjoys a panoramic position in the Murge territory.

History

The habitation lies on the ruins of a pagus of neighbouring Bantia.
After being fortified by the Norman Robert Guiscard (XI century), Gentianum was not part of the clash between the Swabians and Angioiniansans (1268). It was then assigned by the latter in fief to Pandolfo Fasanello.
Subsequently, Genzano Lucania passed hands to Queen Sancia and the powerful Sanseverino family from Tricarico.

Matteo Ferrillo bought it from the Aragonese and gave it in dowry to his daughter Beatrice who, having married Ferrante Orsini, Duke of Gravina, allowed the dowry to be enjoyed by the entire country.

Beginning in 1617, it was a fief of the De Marinis family, already Princes of Palazzo San Gervasio, and who ruled Genzano until the abolition feudal rights (1806).

During 1860, Genzano participated in the Liberal motions which led it to the declaration of the end of the Reign of the Two Sicilies and the birth of the Reign of Italy (1861).

After the Unity, it experienced the hurt of the brigandage phenomenon, which moreover, it was opposed to, and the inevitable migration across the ocean as well as the depopulation of the territory due to poverty.

A visit to the City

In the higher part of the village lies the Castle, which today is seat of the Town Hall, where one can admire the Cavallina Fountain and the Roman statute of the Goddess Cerere (I century AD).

Among the churches to visit, we would like to cite the Annunziata Church and the ruins of the Clarisse Convent, S. Maria della Platea and S. Maria delle Grazie.

The village still preserves part of its Medieval walls.

Not too distant, one can visit the beautiful Monserico Castle.

Place of interest

The Castle; S. Maria della Platea Church; Sacro Cuore Church; Madonna del Carmine Church; Clarisse Convent (1300); Annunziata Church (‘500s); S. Maria della Grazie Church; S. Antonio Church; Cavallina Fountain; Walls and Portals; Monserico Castle.

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