SAN CHIRICO RAPARO

One will come across San Chirico Raparo positioned on a spur dominating the Racanello Torrent, being an affluent of the River Sinni. It is an ancient centre, which some say was built on the ruins of ancient Polisantria.

History

Its name derives from San Quirico of Konya, who was was martyred under Emperor Diocleziano and very much venerated by the Basilian Monks arriving in the territory from Basilicata during the VIII and IX centuries.

There are two possible origins for San Chirico: its birth came about from the ruins of Polisantria or as result of the foundation of the S. Angelo Abbey on Monte Raparo.

During the Norman and Swabian periods it belonged to the Earldom of Balvano and then to that of Chiaromonte.

It was a fief of the following families: Sanseverino, Carafa, Spinelli and in 1635, it became the property of the Pignatelli family.
The village participated in the Liberal Motions of 1799 and Renaissance ones of 1848

A visit to the City

In San Chirico Raparo, which is also an esteemed holiday centre, one can visit the SS Pietro and Paolo Parish Church which preserves a polyptych from 1531 in its interior and a wooden crucifix from the '300s. The building dates back to the '700s but was constructed on the remains of a VI century church. Nearby, one will find the Castle ruins.

The Sant'Antonio Natività Church and Chapel complete the visit to religious buildings in San Chirico Raparo.

There are numerous possible excursions in the territory surrounding the village, beginning with the remains of ancient Polisandria in the Noceto locality. This is the area from which finds have been taken and exhibited in Palazzo Simonetti.
Not too far from San Chirico, one can also visit the S. Angelo Abbey which was founded during the X century by San Vitale.
For nature lovers: a visit to some mineral water springs, woods and forests and the neighbouring Pollino Park.

Place of interest

The SS Pietro and Paolo Church (XVIII century); Natività Church; S. Antonio Chapel; S. Vito Tower; Palazzo Simonetti; San Angelo Abbey; Excursions to Monte Raparo; Trigello Spring; Cortignano and Santa Quaranta Springs; Titolo Woods; Fieghi Cerreto Forest; National Park and Val d'Agri Lagonegrese.

Museums

Palazzo Simonetti; Pottery Collection (IV-III century AD) and ancient coins.

Events

Procession on Good Friday, Easter; Feast of San Chirico and Santa Sinforosa on 15th and 18th July; Feast of the Madonna dell'Assunta on 15th August; Feast of the Madonna del Carmine the second Sunday of September; Festival of the Ruscella (Stream) on 27th December.

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