Discovering Grecìa Salentina: Castrignano Dei Greci

12 Giu
Castrignano Dei Greci

With about 4000 inhabitants, the town of Castrignano dei Greci is about 25 km from Lecce and just 18 km from Otranto. It is one of the municipalities of Grecìa Salentina, where the ancient language of griko is spoken.

To visit the Baronial Palace De ‘Gualtieris, originally a medieval fortress, which became a noble residence in the 16th century. The palace houses the small Museum of Hand Embroidery and Lace in the courtyard: two rooms full of lace and precious embroideries from the nineteenth century to the second postwar period, coal-fired irons, embroidery tools and antique looms.

Campanile, Castrignano Dei Greci

The toponym may derive from the Latin word “castrum”. In fact, with the Roman conquest of the Salento peninsula, which ended around 260 BC, the Romans established a military camp (Praesidium Castrinianum). Another hypothesis would derive the name from Castrinius, the Roman centurion to whom the territory was entrusted. The etymology could also lead to the Greek word Κάστρον (Kástron) which means castle.

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