The territorial context of the Tagghjate
LET'S TALK ABOUT THE OLD GEOLOGICAL SITES TO KEEP THEIR MEMORY
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)
SECOND PART (*)
(Roccaforzata, Faggiano, San Crispieri)
In order to make the inseparable cultural-historical-ethnic-anthropic-landscape-naturalistic unicum of the territorial context of the "Tagghjate" emergency of San Giorgio Jonico (Taranto), we propose, below, a short tourist itinerary of trip to the most directly related area.
The territories object of the present insist, as far as concerned here, on the orographic evidence of Monte Belvedere-Sant'Elia-Montedoro, a denomination that can be easily assumed in terms of "district" even if the different toponyms of which it is composed find their own idiom in the individual local identities from time to time more directly spatially involved, and, in particular: San Giorgio Jonico, Roccaforzata and Faggiano, these communities, located on the southern slope of the last offshoot of the Tarantine Murgia, therefore, in the Salento area.
Located just 2 km from San Giorgio Jonico, it stands, with its superb ancient manor, at 155 m.s.l.m. on Monte Sant’Elia (extension of Monte Belvedere). Roccaforzata is the smallest community in the entire provincial territory; it too is a delivery of the ancient 13 fires of Albania in Taranto. Small, perched around the fortress (on this side, "Rocca-Forced"), the town in its upper part, enjoys unique landscape views that with a single glance capture the direct sense of the surroundings and, in particular, in the west slope of the Mount where this opens to the plain of Taranto (Photo nr. 1).
Photo nr. 1 - Roccaforzata, panoramic, Plain of Taranto
It is adjacent to the town square. It cannot be visited because it is the private property of the Pasanisi-D'Ayala (Photo no. 2). Part of the walls seem to have a curious thickness (double crenellated masonry: via F.lli Bandiera), perhaps because they were a real ancient architectural nucleus functional to an equally concrete guardhouse, an optimal territorial observation-control outpost. A visit inside, surely, would reveal this mystery that the unsuspecting citizen, from a careful external observation, might ask himself. The façade, with its extensive and compact wall continuity also in height, suggests, together with the central entrance portal and the series of windows on the upper floor, a more civic than military use, certainly also due to the convenient alterations that took place in the time (Photo nr. 3 and 4). Of particular aesthetic appreciation are the fine, partial and embroidered tufaceous moldings set as a frame for these windows.
Photo nr. 2 - Roccaforzata, D'Ayala Castle
Photo nr. 3 - Roccaforzata, D'Ayala Castle, portal
Photo nr. 4 - Fortified fortress, D'Ayala Castle, windows
(*) For the consultation of the "First Part" of this tourist travel itinerary in the Tagghjate area, please refer to the following link of the online nature and environment magazine: Tagghiate tourist itinerary.If you want to be updated and learn more about the tags, please also read the articles:
Metamorphosis of the imaginary of the ruins from the Tagghjate park to the Belvedere area