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  Cisternino
The Masseria is close to Cisternino, located 394 metres above sea level, which occupies a strategic position between Bari, Brindisi and Taranto. Along with Locorotondo and Martina Franca this town borders the Valley of Itria


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This pretty town sits on a hill, where the whiteness of its whitewashed limestone houses breaks up the intense green of the richly fertile land, dotted with trulli.
Of Messapic origin, Cisternino was a Roman municipality, with the name Stunium.  In the Middle Ages, it came under the possession of Byzantine monks


The historic town centre is characterised by oriental style houses with hidden courtyards and external staircases to connect the floors. There you can see a square shaped tower from the Norman-Swabian era and the St. Nichola Church of Roman origin, which has been recast several times. Inside there is a sculpture of Madonna with child, signed in 1517 by Stefano of Putignano and better known as the Madonna of the Cardellino. Some parts of the town offer glimpses of the delightful panorama of the valley
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Also worth a visit are the bishop’s palace, built in 1560, with its late renaissance style facade marked with the coat of arms of the bishop-baron; the Governor’s palace (XVI century) with its elegant facade and triple balcony with decorative renaissance elements; the palaces of the Pepe and Cenci families; the church of Saint Lucia ( XVII century) and, outside the walls, the Amati tower and palace in St. Quirico, the church of St. Cataldo, completed in 1783 in Baroque style with its beautiful facade; the church of St. Quirico, erected between the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.

Important for local worship is the Romanesque church of Madonna of Hibernia, founded around 1100 during the formation of Cisternino, which is 3km away.

The church incorporates the remains of a pre-existing Basilian monastry built not far from an earlier pagan temple dedicated to the goddess of fertility Cybele. The veneration of the people for Madonna of Ibernia, symbolizing procreation and abundance, is a result of the ancient worship of this deity.

During the spring festival, the same sweet, chïrrùchele (from the Latin auguraculum, propitiatory gift), is brought to its sanctuary as a gift which pagan children would offer to Cybele for fertility

GASTRONOMY
For some years Cisternino has become famous also for the numerous butchers with attached taverns in the historic town centre; in these places you can buy meat which you can cook and then eat in the adjacent room in places set up along the streets and/or in recesses of the town’s alleyway
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