TURSI

Tursi is positioned between the Sinni and dell'Agri Valley, a few kilometres from the Jonic Coast and the Pollino National Park.

History

The centre came about under the Visigoths of Alarico (410 BC) who erected the first fortress on the hill after having almost completely destroyed neighbouring Anglona.
Anglona subsequently had to also suffer Saracen raids (IX century) and many of its inhabitants therefore took refuge in Tursi and allowed its expansion.

It entered into the Ostrogoth Reign (475-553) which ended with the Greek-Gothic War (535-553). Tursi then firstly passed under the Byzantines and later the Longobards (VII century).

The descent of the Francs (754) of Pipino and of Carlo Magno took away the power from the Longobards in the territory, opening a gap which was soon filled by the Saracens. The latter left a strong architectonic imprint which today is still recognisable in the Rabátana, namely the Arabic district.

In 890, the Byzantines arrived once more after defeating the Saracens and re-occupying the village. They then made Tursi an Episcopal Seat of Greek Rites (960).

During the XV century the troops of Queen Giovanna completely destroyed Anglona, leaving only its Sanctuary standing and determining the escape of the population, who once more took refuge in Tursi.

Under Norman (XI century) and Swabian (1196) domination, the village developed strongly, so much so that it became one of the most highly populated centres of Lucania.

It was a fief of the following families over the centuries: Sanseverino, Doria, Visconti (1758) and the Colonna of Paliano (1781).

The dialectal poet, Albino Pierro, was born in Tursi.

A visit to the City

In the lower part of the village, one can visit the Annunziata Cathedral ('700s) with frescoes and sculptures in its interior and the San Filippo Neri Church (1661) with frescoes and canvases from the Neapolitan School.

In the higher part of Tursi, which is dominated by the Castle remains, one will come across the Rabátana Church, being an Arabic construction with a portal from the XIV century and a triptych attributed to the school of the great master Giotto in its interior.
Close to Tursi one will come across the ancient Madonna of Anglona Sanctuary where thousands visit on annual pilgrimage.

Place of interest

The Castle Remains; Rabátana Church; SS Annunziata Cathedral ('700s); Santa Maria Maggiore Church; San Filippo Neri Church (1661); San Nicola Church; Santa Maria delle Grazie Church; Madonna of Anglona Sanctuary.

Events

Feast of San Filippo Neri on 26th May; Feast of the Madonna della Icona on 2nd July; Festival of the Madonna of Anglona Sanctuary on 2nd September; Madonna of Anglona Festivities on 8th September.

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