Martano is the most populous town (more than 8 thousand inhabitants) and the capital of the Grecìa Salentina, an area of influence of ancient Greece, where the dialect of Grìko is still spoken.
The town, inhabited since prehistoric times, preserves ancient testimonies thanks to the Menhir del Teofilo, the highest in the region. The historic center, very suggestive, is called Borgo Terra with alleys, squares and courtyard houses. The palaces from the fifteenth to the nineteenth century are beautiful, including the Baronial one, once the Aragonese Castle, the Maria SS. Assunta, the former Dominican Convent, seat of the Town Hall and the seventeenth-century Cistercian Monastery of Santa Maria della Consolazione with the rich library, the picture gallery and the liqueur shop.
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