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This is the first church of the modern Genzano
Genzano modern history
Chiesa della Madonna Genzano di Lucania
We have reasons to believe that, the modern Genzano di Lucania modern history; or should I say the Era when they started to build the modern Genzano, as it exists today could have been the twelfth or the thirteen century, and this is what was happening then in the new would be Genzano: You see, about fifteen kilometres away in the castle of Monteserico, which is situated East-South-East of Genzano. This is an old castle built perhaps from the Norman’s sometimes long after the fall of the Roman Empire when they overrun Italy around the year 1000 plus; to this day no other building has been built near this castle except a small chapel. Sometimes people are not sure who build this castle, but I may have personal proof that this castle was built by the Normans, or at least I was lead to believe that it was built by the Normans, so let me tell you how I happen to know it.
Since I came to Australia I have worked in the building industry where I met this Frenchmen called Luis, we worked with the same firm for a few years and most times I and Luis worked together, so we knew each other well. Luis came to Australia when France left Algeria and the army of Algeria was dismantled so to speak, Luis was a captain in the army, so he had learned about many army things including army history. Anyhow let me come to the point of why Luis knowledge is important here. One day I was looking on the TV at the Tour of France, this stage was run in Normandy, so while I was looking at the country side I saw this castle in the background, which I could have sworn that it was exactly the same as the castle that I had been seeing thousands of times from my farm in southern Italy. So next time when I met Luis I asked him about it and surprise, surprise no sooner I mentioned the castle of Monteserico that he knew all about it, so he explained to me.
The Normans have only built two castles one in France and another in southern Italy, and from this castle of Monteserico they would dominate all their conquests of southern Italy. So here is the proof that Luis gave me, which is that the castle of Monteserico has been built from the Normans.
Now I have to say that even with Luis explanation about the castle of Monteserico, I am not sure if he was right to assume that the Normans built this castle, Luis story only shows us that this castle of Monteserico has been used from the Normans, because there are other stories about its origin; in fact there is even a story that this castle was built as a monastery in the beginning and then went through several changes and uses. It was built above a cave where indigenous people used to live a very long time ago.
Anyhow the fact remains that the Norman really had possessed the castle of Monteserico, because history shows us that in the X or XI century there indeed was a great battle around this castle won by the Norman, and therefore the Normans used this castle to dominate their conquests in southern Italy. One day I am going to find out more and make another post about it.