MOLITERNO

Moliterno is a panoramic centre positioned on the right slope of the splendid Val d’Agri, and is an interesting village dominated by its Medieval castle.

History

Its territory has been inhabited since the Bronze Age, as testified by finds discovered in the area.

The true and proper foundation of Moliterno instead, is connected to the continual clashes between the Longobards and Saracens beginning from the IX century. Firstly during this era, a Longobard defensive tower was erected and then, with the destruction of the Grumentum during 975 or 1031 by the Saracens, some fugitives constructed a rural home.

An hypothesis, moreover contested, proposes that the village’s name derives from Moles aeterna, referring to the Longobard towers.

During 1050 the Normans were in power and had the Castle built. They reigned until 1186, the year of change of power by marriage to the Swabians. Under them, Moliterno became the property of Nicolaus de Moliterno (1239).
Carlo I D’Angiò granted the fief to Oddone of Brayda (1269), the General of his cavalry, whose family ruled the village until 1477, the year the Sanseverino family came into power.

During 1524, the Sanseverino family sold the fief for 39.000 ducats to Don Antonio Carafa, Prince of Stigliano, whose family governed Moliterno until 1682.
The Spinelli family succeeded this family and ruled for only three years, then Moliterno passed hands to Fabrizio Pignatelli, Prince of Marsiconuovo.

During 1806, after the law which abolished feudal rights, the fief was divided among various existing creditors.

A visit to the City

The profile of Moliterno is dominated by its Castle, deriving from the first Longobard Tower and subsequently amplified and readjusted numerous times.

One can visit various religious buildings in the City, among which the Santa Croce Church, the Assunta Mother Church and the San Pietro Chapel, dating back to the XIII century.

Walking through the historical centre, however, one will come across many other churches and nobiliary buildings which attract and stimulate the more attentive visitor’s eye.

There are many possibilities for excursions to neighbouring Medieval centres in Val d’Agri, where one will also come across the Grumentum Archaeological Park.

Moliterno is also known for its production of an excellent Pecorino cheese (A mix of sheep and goats milk).

Place of interest

The Angioiniansan Castle; Assunta Church (XVII century); Santa Croce Church (1613); S. Pieter Chapel (XIII century); S.S. Trinità Church (XVI century); Dominican Convent (XVII century); Rosario Church (1510); Palazzo Levito; Palazzo Gilberti; Palazzo Valinoti (XVIII century); Palazzo Bianculli; S. Francesco Church (XVI century), S. Maria del Vetere Church located in Muraglie; Madonna of Arsieni Church (XVI century); S. Caterina Church; Rural Church of the Madonna del Rito; Fabbricata Spring in the Fabbricata locality; Grumentum Archaeological Site; Grumento Nova.

Events

Feast of the Madonna del Monte Vetere on the 1st Sunday of May; Feast in honour of Saint Antonio on 13th June; Feast in honour of the Madonna del Carmine on 15 and 16 July; San Domenico Fair on 3rd August; Patronal Feast of Saint San Domenico on 4th August; Feast of San Cristoforo on 14th August; Feast of the Madonna del Monte Vetere on 8th September; Feast of San Rocco on 9th September; San Francesco of Paola Fair on 25th September; Santa Lucia Fair on 13th December.

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