Motta Montecorvino, Province of Foggia, Puglia, Italy
This small agricultural center rises on a high hill in the Daunia mountains has a peculiar medieval look.
The ancient part is surrounded by walls with five entrance doors with an imposing tower at the highest part. The belltower of the parish church is also actually a previous fortification of the 15th century. On the summit of nearby Mount Sambuco there is an ancient countryside church where on 6 May every year San Giovanni is celebrated with a pilgrimage from the village.
Altitude: 660 a.s.l -- Population: ca. 900 inhabitants -- Zip/postal code: 71030 -- Phone Area Code: 0881
The medieval borough rose in the 11th century, founded by refugees from the town of Montecorvino, but was destroyed during the invasion of Roger II in 1137; it was rebuilt in the course of the following century, to be again destroyed by the army of Alphonse of Aragon in mid-15th century. Rebuilt again, it grew to prosperity under the fiefdom of the Carafa family. In the last century there was a high emigration, with the population from over 2500 inhabitants in the 1936 census to 951 in 2001. The coat of arms represents a saint - St John or St Christopher - holding a cross, next to a rock.
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