BRIENZA

In the territories bordering Campania, near to Marsico Nuovo and the road that descends from Potenza towards the Tirreno Sea, is where the Medieval village of Brienza is located in a panoramic position overlooking the valley of the Pergola torrent.

History

The village appeared during Medieval history by the name of Burguntia or Burgentia. It was founded as a fortified place to control the valley where the Pergola runs. Burg in Longobard means fort.

During the VII century, the San Giacomo Benedictine Monastery was erected and construction of the San Martino Church began. In ‘851, after an agreement between Radelchi and Siconolfo, Brienza became seat of a gastaldato (administrative ward) and head of the Principality of Salerno.

With the arrival of the Norman (XI century), a Castle was constructed together with some churches, among which, the Santa Maria Assunta Church (XII century).
Frederick II of Swabia assigned Brienza to Gentile of Petruro.
Swabian defeat and rising Angioiniansan power, coincided for Brienza with the assignment of power to various nobles, the first being Rainaldo De Poncellis (1269). During the XV century, the fief was sold to the powerful Caracciolo Family, who ruled it until the abolition of feudal rights in 1806.

The XVII century saw the population’s participation in the Popular Motions against the nobles and in 1651, a plague epidemic decimated the population of the village.

In 1748, Francesco Mario Pagano was born here. He was a philosopher and jurist of Republican beliefs, who paid with his life (Naples 1799) for his firm conviction and fight against feudal rights and privileges given to the nobles.

A visit to the City

Brienza conserves an intact fascination of a Medieval village, dominated from the summit of the hill by the Caracciolo Castle and still visible town walls.
There are however, many gems of art which Brienza unveils to the more interested visitor. Beginning with its churches: the Assunta Church, built during the XI century, which conserves a 16th century Deposition; San Zaccaria and San Michele the Archangel, both Medieval; or the stupendous San Martino Church, dating back to the High Medieval period (VII century). Then there are the noble buildings and the monument in memory of Francesco Mario Pagano in Piazza Municipio.

One must not forget a visit to Sasso di Castaldia, to admire the Medieval Norman Castle and the Parochial of the Immacolata. . ---------------
In the Pertosa locality, it’s possible for visitors to enjoy a naturalistic excursion to the Grotte dell’Angelo (Angel Grottos) which have illuminated paths.

Places of interest

Angioiniansan Castle (XI century; S. Maria Assunta Church (XI-XII century); San Martino Church (VII-VIII century); San Zaccaria Church (Medieval); S. Michele Arcangelo Church (Medieval); Annunziata Church (1570); Mario Pagano monument (1784); Madonna degli Angeli Church; Sasso di Castalda locality; Medieval Castle; Angelo Grotto at Pertosa.

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