PESCOCOSTANZO

Even if exist findings of Roman age hermital and the churches of Sant'Antonio and San Michele were erected on pagan places of cult, the village of Pescocostanzo has medieval origins like reported by a date (1066) recorded on a document of the Montecassino's Abbey. In 1108 Pescocostanzo it was yielded from the monks to the count Oddone Valva and subsequently, under the Anjou, it passed to the Cantelmo family.
In 1456 a strong earthquake hit entire Central Italy causing the destruction of Pescocostanzo but the reconstruction is facilitated from the crescent trading importance of the “way of Abruzzi” (economic way along the Appennine ridge) that passed here.
For the same reason the village knew an increasing demographic and economic expansion and manifested a strong will of autonomy culminated in the purchase of all the lands to its lord (1774).
The crisis of the transumanza brpught an economic depression and the depopulation of the center.

In spite of the dimensions of the village, Pescocostanzo has an elevated intensity of works of Renaissance and Baroque art. Beginning from the church Colleggiata dell'Assunta, nowadays basilica dedicated to S. Maria del Colle, with late-Romanesque portal (1558) and staircase (1580). Destroyed during the earthquake it was reconstructed in 1465. Among all the churches to visit we cite that one of Jesus and Maria, with baroque interior, the Francescani's Convent (1611) and Benedictine's Monastery of Santa Scolastica (1624).
Innumerable examples of secular art through the noble palaces: Palazzo Comunale and Palazzo Grilli ('500), Palazzo Mansi and Palazzo del Governatore and many others.

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