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The territorial context of the Tagghjate

The territorial context of the Tagghjate


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THE TERRITORIAL CONTEXT OF THE TAGGHJATE


THE COMPLEX OF MONTE BELVEDERE-SANT'ELIA-MONTEDORONE THE MUNICIPALITIES OF SAN GIORGIO JONICO, ROCCAFORZATA AND FAGGIANO

(edited by: Prof. G.nni Carafa)

THE COUNTRY

It is just 4 km from Roccaforzata and 6 km from San Giorgio Jonico, on the provincial road no. 113, on the west side of Montedòro, a further extension of the Monte Belvedere-Sant'Elia relief, the road route reaches the town crossing, with a series of unusual hairpin bends, the characteristic pine forest which has always been a cross and delight of the entire community; a very long and never solute legal dispute removes this priceless green lung from public use. Faggiano, together with San Marzano di San Giuseppe, was the last ancient stronghold of living Arbëreshe testimony in the Taranto area; until the immediate post-war period (last world war) it seems that the village was still officiated according to the Greek-Orthodox rite and that, like this persistence, the oblivion of this sign of identity has just as diligently taken over. Thus, for example, in the heart of the historic center, of the old underground church of San Nicola, now all that remains is the anonymous homonymous square-parking which only vaguely fears the memory of the name.
The population is hospitable and in part still retains its inseparable link with agriculture and pastoralism, the latter notably present in the small and nearby hamlet of San Crispieri (whose name is still a clear reference to the original rituality of community: cult of San Basilio and relative monasticism).
The town has a sunny Mediterranean white glow and lies on the coast of the Monte with a succession, in steps, of cubic blocks of flats for the most part single-family (See, Photo nr. 36); the green of the adjacent pine forest and the blue sky behind it do the rest. The air is healthy and the stillness is maximum.

A QUICK LOOK AT THE HISTORICAL CENTER

The main urban feature of the historic center is to combine the traditional fabric of houses and alleys, the difference in height, with the culture of building according to the original course of the tufaceous bank. A path along via Dante or vico San Giorgio and surroundings explains what has just been stated: stairways, balconies, terraces, arches and open spaces.
Particular is the main square of the town with its widening and the connection - also with a staircase and loggia - to the underlying Via Vittorio Emanuele (Photo nr. 37). The recent unfortunate interruption of the loggia and the related construction of a "new" staircase renders the stylistic-formal unity of the original context missing, which remains consigned to history only in the vague memory of a few fleeting photographic shots.


Photo nr. 37 - Faggiano, Loggia of P.zza Vitt. Emanuele

The adjacent ancient church-chapel of the Carmine - rarely open to worship - transposes all its magical external whiteness to the humble devotion of its very simple interiors (Photo nos. 38-39- 40).


Photo nr. 38 - Faggiano, Church of the Carmine, facade


Photo nr. 39 - Faggiano, Church of the Carmine, side portal on P.zza Vitt. Emanuele


Photo nr. 40 - Faggiano, Chiesa del Carmine, detail of the altar painting

Of particular value, thanks to the oriental references of the ogival roof, is the small bell tower above (Photo nr. 41); it can be seen more clearly when arriving from via Vittorio Emanuele (near the well-known Sampietro photographic studio).


Photo nr. 41 - Faggiano, Church of the Carmine, bell tower of oriental style

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