SAN MAURO FORTE

San Mauro Forte is positioned on a tuffaceous crest with a panoramic view overlooking the territory which spreads out up to the Ionian Coast.

History

The territory of San Mauro was inhabited by Italic populations until the VI century BC, as testified by archaeological sites from various periods, where finds have been discovered dating back to the Lucana, Roman and Medieval eras.

The present day habitation, came about instead during the Norman era as a result of the foundation of a Benedictine convent dedicated to San Mauro and under the Tricarico diocese.

It was quickly fortified with defensive walls which open up through 4 doors, of which only Porta Piazzile remains. San Mauro Forte enjoyed immediate development during which time the Castle was built, then modified by the Angioiniansans (XIII century). From this structure only the cylindrical tower close to the Parish Church remains.

It was always linked to the Montescaglioso fief, and shared the historical destiny which saw it from time to time assigned to various feudatories through inheritance, matrimonial dowries or as part a debt collection.
It belonged to the following families: Del Balzo (1634), Orsini, the powerful Sanseverino, Della Marra, Carafa and Colonna.

This continued until midway through the XVIII century when it was redeemed by the following families: Arcieri, Lauria and Acquaviva, who being nominated barons, settled in San Mauro Forte and built their nobiliary dwellings.

A visit to the City

In the City, one can admire numerous architectonic structures: the Norman Tower, which is all that remains of the Medieval Castle. Adjacent to it is where the Baroque S. Maria Church is located which preserves a canvas from the '600s in its interior. The Annunziata Church embellished with a beautiful stone portal from the '500s and which preserves an Annunciazione (Annunciation) by Antonio Stabile (1580).

One must not forget the nobiliary buildings during a visit to San Mauro Forte: Palazzo Lauria, with its beautiful Baroque portal (1770); Palazzo Arcieri, seat of the municipality; Palazzo Scalese and Palazzo Acquaviva.

In the San Mauro territory there are also some springs and the remains of a Roman villa, an aqueduct and tombs from the Roman and Lucana eras.

Place of interest

The Tower from the Norman Castle (XI century); Palazzo Acieri, now the municipality seat; Palazzo Lauria; Palazzo Scalese; Palazzo Acquaviva; Santa Maria Church; Annunziata Church; Porta Piazzile; Grottone dei Monaci; Archaeological sites of Piano del Campo, Salice district; Monte Mella; Monte Tempa di Riso Spring; San Marco Spring; a visit to Accettura.

Museums

The Grottone dei Monaci.

Events

Feast of Campanaccio on 15th, 16th and 17th January; Procession of the Addolorata during Holy Week; Feast in honour of San Mauro (Patron Saint) on 23rd May.

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