PALAZZO GERVASIO

Not too far from Venosa is where one will find Palazzo San Gervasio, a locality of Alto Brádano, in its beautiful panoramic position.

History

The village developed around a Palatium built by Robert Guiscard during 1050, which was the home of the Norman princes. Spirito Santo was the first district to develop containing a small church which was mentioned in two Papal Bulls (22nd May 1103 and 16th June 1106).

Frederick II had the Castle amplified where he stayed there for various hunts. From 1250, King Manfred, legitimate son of the Emperor and Bianca Lancia lived there.
Carlo I d’Angiò assigned the fief to Nicola Frezzano from Venosa (1267).

During 1434, Queen Giovanna II of Naples granted Palazzo San Gervasio to her niece Cobella Ruffo and in 1507 it became fief of the Caracciolo family.

In 1532 Emperor Carlo V of Hapsburg granted the fief to Baron Ferrante D’Alarcon de Mendoza and subsequently, it was acquired by Donna Lucrezia della Tolfa (1564). In 1587 it became the property of Carlo del Tufo, who sold it to the Duke of Acerenza Galeazzo Pinelli (1597). In 1615 it was bought by Antonio Cattaneo of Genoa, and passed to the De Marinis family through marriage. The latter kept it until the end of feudalism (1806).
During 1799 it adhered to the Republican motions by planting a Freedom Tree in the square and suffered attack and repression from Sanfediste (Defenders of the Holy Faith) troops.

In 1809 the village suffered a violent attack by brigands and the following year, Baron De Marinis won the case for possession of the Latifundia (large landed property) of Palazzo by producing false documents and therefore causing starvation of the population for years.

A visit to the City

Palazzo San Gervasio sits in a panoramic position in the Vúlture and the Murge and is dominated by its Norman-Swabian Castle, which has been heavily re-adjusted.

The Parish Church, dedicated to San Nicola, is in a Romanesque style.

Palazzo D’Errico is noteworthy and hosts an interesting picture gallery.

Place of interest

The Norman-Swabian Castle; San Nicola Parish Church; Palazzo D’Errico; Fons Bandusiae which was mentioned by Orazio.

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