MAGLIE

Maglie is a City of Salento in the province of Lecce, half way between Gallipoli and Otranto. It developed around its castle during the Medieval period.

During a previous era, the territory was most likely populated by the Dolmens of Calamauri, Chianca, Specchia and by the Menhir of Franite, Spruno and Calamauri, as demonstrated and testified by Palaeolithic finds.
Other finds, in turn, testify about the activity of the populations during the subsequent Bronze Age (3.500-12th Century BC).
No nucleuses of the future Maglie were formed in the area until the 12th Century AD with Longobard the settlements.
During the Byzantine era (7th-11th Century), Maglie began to develop and the Sant’Egidio, San Vito and the San Basilio Towers were built. Some Basilican monks who were escaping iconoclastic persecution were active over the territory.
The new centre took the name of Megalia, later changed to Meglie. This name probably derived from the Messapian Malle, meaning height.
With the arrival of the Normans during the 11th Century, the suburb grew and enjoyed a period of economic development, which continued with the Swabians.
It was the Angiòs who constructed the Castle in 1266.
Maglie passed under Aragonese domination (1442) and experienced the scourge of Turkish invasions, as with other cities in Puglia. Sadly, the most famous of these happened in 1491.
During 1449, the suburb was given as a feudatory to the Lubelli Family, who administered it until 1608, when the Castle was sold to the Maresgallo Family. It was then passed to the Prato Family (1707), the Filomarino (1711) who were the first to modify the Angioina fortress, and the Capece of Barbarano (1723), who added the beautiful Baroque doorway.
In 1806, the year feudatory rights were abolished by the Bonaparte government of Naples, the last Capece descendant left the castle to the Jesuits, with a condition that it become a College (1843).
In 1861, Maglie became part of the Reign of Italy, as with the whole of Puglia.
A visit to Maglie, includes the Castle which became Palazzo Capece, the Chiesa Madre (Mother Church) with its beautiful adjacent bell tower, the ancient Madonna delle Grazie and the S. Giovanni Church (end of 16th Century). Just outside Maglie, one can also visit the Baroque Sanctuary of the Madonna Addolorata.
Every year in August, the City hosts the Mercatino del Gusto, an ideal time to understand the history and traditions of this beautiful Salento locality.
On the outskirts of Maglie, one can also visit the abandoned Roca Vecchia rural home.

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