SEMINARA

Not too distant from the Southern Tyrrhenian Coasts, near to Palmi, is where one will come across Seminara, an ancient active artisan centre.

History

Its name derives from the Latin Seminarium, with reference to the cultivation of seeds, which was then changed to Seminárion during Byzantine domination (VI-X century).

It was fortified centre under the Swabians (XIII century), which was taken by Pietro d'Aragona (1283) in the ambit of the conflict between the Angioinians and Aragonese, better known as the Vespri Siciliani (Sicilian Vespers).

The fief passed to the Spinelli family in the XV century and subsequently to the Ruffo's (XVI century). Seminara then managed to free itself from feudalism and prospered thanks to its silk trade.

The Battle of Garigliano (21st April 1503) was fought on its territory, which saw it having to face the Spanish and Swiss infantry, who were under the service of the French; epilogue of the clash between the French and Spanish for the conquest of the Reign of Naples.
The following 28th April, the war was resolved in favour of the Spanish with the Battle of Cerignola.

An earthquake in 1908 gravely damaged the city, changing its architectonic profile.

A visit to the City

One can visit the San Marco Church at Seminara, a national monument which preserves interesting works of art in its interior.

Nearby, one can also visit the Madonna dei Poveri Sanctuary, which preserves a statue of the Virgin from the Swabian era and a wooden Crucifix from the '200s.

A visit is possible to the close-by characteristic centre of Melicuccà, which preserves the remains of the Castle.

Place of interest

- Chiesa di San Marco
- Palazzo del Municipio
- Santuario della Mdonna dei Poveri
- Chiesa di San Michele
- Visita di Melicuccà
- Visita di Palmi
- Visita di Scilla
- Visita di Polistena
- Visita di Rosarno
- Visita di Reggio Calabria
- Parco Nazionale dell'Aspromonte

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SEMINARA
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Calabria region of Italy

 

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