Cirigliano, Province of Matera, Basilicata
It is the least populated municipality in the province of Matera, and with an area of only 14.93 sq km, is the third smallest in Basilicata.
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- Altitude: 656 m a.s.l
- Population: about 400 inhabitants in 2010
- Zip/postal code: 75010
- Phone Area Code: 0835
- Patron Saint: san Giacomo, celebrated on 25 July
- Location on Map.
- Surnames presently recorded in Cirigliano.
The first written evidence of the existence of the village dates back to a bull of 1060 by the Diocese of Tricarico. The name comes from "Caerellius" presumably a Roman centurion who received these lands as a reward for his military service. Cirigliano was a regular rest place for travellers going from Heraclea to Tricarico.
What to see
- The historical centre surrounded by walls and towers, built around the imposing castle with its impressive tower and an adjoining oval chapel where is preserved among others, a Pietà of the 17th century nestled on a small temple of decorated wood.
- The castle, bought by the Coppola from the Iannellis family for 13,000 ducats in 1595, then acquired in 1750 by the Formica barons, who still retain the property.