MONTEMURRO

Montemurro is located on the left slope of Val d’Agri. It is an agricultural centre and holiday village situated in a beautiful panoramic position on the Pietra del Pertusillo Lake.

History

The village’s name derives from the Latin Castrum Montis Murri, with clear reference to the first fortification erected during the X century, when bands of Saracens raged on the territory, tormenting Longobard centres along the border.
In this political picture, the City of Grumentum was destroyed (975 or 1031) and its inhabitants who escaped to the mountains, founded new fortified centres.

Basilian Monks were among the first to inaugurate these centres, bringing the Greek Rites to Basilicata, which were later substituted with Latin ones by the Normans (midway through the XI century), who were faithful to the Roman Pope. The new nobles, in fact, entrusted the Parish of Montemurro to the Bishop of Tricàrico (1086), whose diocese remained in the village until the Swabians came into power (1194).

Under the Angioiniansans (XIII century), Montemurro was a fief of the Sanseverino family and during the Aragonese era, of the Carafa family.

In 1857, the village was almost totally destroyed by a terrible earthquake, to which a landslide was added 50 years later. This forced many people to abandon the village (1907).

The poet Leonardo Sinisgalli was born in Montemurro.

A visit to the City

One can visit the Sant’Antonio Monastery in the village, which preserves frescoes from the ‘600s in its interior, and the Assunta Mother Church which preserves canvases from the XVII century.

One can also visit the house of the poet Leonardo Sinisgalli, a native of Montemurro.

There are many possible excursions to the surrounding territory, among which we suggest a visit to; the Grumentum Archaeological Park and many other naturalistic walks offered by the presence of the Pietra del Pertusillo Lake.

Place of interest

The S. Antonio Monastery (1635); S. Maria Assunta Church (1442); Madonna del Soccorso Church; Extra moenia (outside the City walls) Sanctuary of the Madonna of Servigliano; San Domenico Tower; House of the poet Sinisgalli; Sepolcro Church; S. Rocco Church; Pietra Laccata Woods; Pietra del Pertusillo Lake; Grumentum Archaeological Site; Grumento Nova; Val D’Agri National Park.

Events

Feast of Sant’Antonio Abate on 17th January; Feast of San Giorgio on 19th April, Feast of the Madonna of Servigliano on the 2nd Sunday in May; Feast of Sant’Antonio of Padua on 13th June; Feast of the Madonna del Carmine on 16th June; Feast of San Rocco on 16th August; Feast of the Madonna of Servigliano on the 2nd Sunday in September.

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