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Oria is placed on the most elevated heights of a cordon hills of ancient fossil dunes in the north of the Salento, which confer a dominant position on the surrounding plains of Salento.

According to the indications of the historic Herodotus the city was founded when a group of Cretan would have been shaken by a storm on the Ionic coast and landed on these lands, would have founded Hyria, around 1400 B.C. In 265 B.C. the city passed under the supremacy of the Romans and after the defeat of Hannibal, for his constant fidelity to Rome, the Senate declared it a Roman municipium and City Confederata. The fall of the Roman Empire of the West there followed a period of political instability, during which he was subject, with alternating vicissitudes, the Greeks, the Goths, Longobards and Byzantines. Became between the IX and X centuries a flourishing Jewish colony. In 977 it was conquered by the Normans and subsequently by the Swabians. Between 1225 and 1233, the Emperor Frederick II made build a castle on the elements of the acropolis of Norman and provident to consolidate the defensive works of the city. Subsequently to the Swabian period, Oria passed under the dominion of the Angevins and Spaniards. The feud became a marquisate was sold to San Carlo Borromeo and in 1575 it was purchased by the Imperial Genoa who held it until 1789, then passing under the Bourbons. In 1860 Oria passed to the Kingdom of Italy.

The place of worship that tells the better the history of Oria is the Basilica Cathedral dedicated to Maria SS Assumed into Heaven. The building draws heavily the shapes of the famous Basilica di San Pietro, so much so as to be called the small San Pietro. The external walls are in carparo, the dome is coated with polychrome tiles and the plan is a latin cross with three naves. Inside you can admire the precious marbles and stuccoes, paintings, candlesticks and statues, including those of the Saints Doctors of the Venetian school and that of the Patron Saint Barsanofio of Neapolitan school. Through a staircase leads then to the Crypt of the mummies where, placed in the niches, there are the mummies of the bodies of the components of the local fraternity. Another symbol of the city is the Park Montalbano, a historical park of particular merit, located close to the eastern wall of the Castle Normanno-Svevo. In its interior, boxwood hedges guide tourists between tanks, lakes and picturesque corners of green. By means of a series of stairs, we arrive at a lovely panoramic walk, which connects the two towers of the adjacent Castle, built by Frederick II. In the heart of the historical center we find Palazzo Martini, classic example of baroque architecture of the XVIII century, which houses a museum of archaeological material, with finds related to tomb contexts and not.

Oria presents itself as a faithful guardian of ancient traditions. And so, the city loves to relive the most significant moments of the past, exalting with the participation of all its people that gives them a sense of purity that is not easily forgotten. In a mix of history and legend, from 50 years every saturday and sunday of the second week of August, pays tribute to "his" Emperor, with the "Historical Procession of Federico II - Torneo dei Rioni". The event originates from the presence of Frederick II in Oria, when in the year 1225 sojourned in the Swabian castle to wait for the promise he married Isabella of Brienna, Queen of Jerusalem, who married in the Cathedral of Brindisi. The Historic Procession involves more than a thousand people in costume of epoch that parade along the main streets of the city, sumptuously decorated with colored flags of the four districts: Castle, Judea, Blade and Holy Basil. The Tournament, instead, is a real challenge among the rioni, duels with that revive the tournaments of the medieval era. In addition, in the course of the year are proposed other events such as: the passion of the Christ and the rites of Holy Week, in addition to a rich calendar of events during the summer and winter.

But the village of Oria is, above all, its people, who will welcome you with its affectionate friendliness and that will give you a serenity that elsewhere, perhaps, the pace of time overwhelms and does not offer.

Municipality of Oria
 
Province of Brindisi
Region Puglia

Inhabitants: 15.296
Altitude center: 154 m a.s.l.

Municipality of Oria
Via Epitaffio - Oria (FG)
Tel. +39 0831 847958

Religious events, processions and themed events not to be missed in the villages during Easter 2018

A selection of events with a religious background that lovers of the villages can not miss

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  • Sacred Representation de 'The Passion of the Christ'
    14-04-2019
    Religious occurrences

    Add to calendar 2019-04-14 2019-04-14 Europe/Rome Sacred Representation de 'The Passion of the Christ' The Sacred Representation of historical and religious "The Passion of the Christ" originated in Oria around the 1930s. Today is organized and directed by the Association Group Human Promotion and è it has become an irreplaceable fixture, which is a prelude to the rites reminiscent of Holy Week. The dramatization retraces the salient phases of the Passion of Christ by’Entrance into Jerusalem, to the preparation of the Passover meal, up to the impressive scene of the Crucifixion and Resurrection and è divided into fifteen scenes. Particularly cared are the colors of the lights, sound effects, music, costumes, the scenery, the choreography and the dramatization, involving over two hundred characters without distinction of età. Both players that appearances are not professionals, are bensì chosen between the citizenship, in such a way as to have a large popular participation. Oria

    The Sacred Representation of historical and religious "The Passion of the Christ" originated in Oria around the 1930s. Today is organized and directed by the Association Group Human Promotion and è it has become an irreplaceable fixture, which is a prelude to the rites reminiscent of Holy Week. The dramatization retraces the salient phases of the Passion of Christ by’Entrance into Jerusalem, to the preparation of the Passover meal, up to the impressive scene of the Crucifixion and Resurrection and è divided into fifteen scenes. Particularly cared are the colors of the lights, sound effects, music, costumes, the scenery, the choreography and the dramatization, involving over two hundred characters without distinction of età. Both players that appearances are not professionals, are bensì chosen between the citizenship, in such a way as to have a large popular participation.

  • Historical Procession Federico II and Torneo dei Rioni
    10-08-2019
    Historical reenactments

    Add to calendar 2019-08-10 2019-08-10 Europe/Rome Historical Procession Federico II and Torneo dei Rioni Second weekend of August The event originated by the notice that Frederick II wanted to adopt in 1225 during a period of permanence in Oria. L’Swabian emperor, waiting to Isabella of Brienne whom he married in November of the same year, he decided to settle with his noble court in the hilly area più close to the port of Brindisi, where a few month after would be landed the daughter of Giovanni di Brienne, King of Jerusalem. Precisely in order to honor the presence of the father of the bride and make a sharer of’event the people of “fida et nobilissima cittade d’Orea”, the Swabian emperor – in respect to the tradition of’time – wanted to banish an “Torneamento” among the four ancient districts: Castle, Judea, Blade and Holy Basil. Today the “Torneo dei Rioni” represents the historical recalling medieval più important and well known throughout the Mezzogiorno and represents an important point of reference in the cultural landscape and tourism in the region of Apulia: a land that Frederick II had elected to his true homeland. The Historic Procession that takes place on Saturday, consists of 800 appearing in costumes d’era that parade along the main streets of the town sumptuously decorated with colored flags of the four quarters. The glitz of’fridericiana era is represented faithfully through motion portamenti and noble, ladies, knights, jesters, men of the Court, Paggi and squires. The Historic Procession concludes in the suggestive Piazza Manfredi, where L’herald reads the proclamation issued by Federico II in 1225 for banning Torneamento among the four districts of Cittade. E’ the same emperor, at the conclusion of an evocative ceremony with dances and medieval music and choreography is particularly charming with fire eaters and jugglers, to submit to the courtiers and Contrada members l’ambìto “Palio”: the dream chased throughout L’year by the four quarters. Sunday, athletes and knights belonging to the four quarters challenge in the harshest trials of medieval mold valid for the award of the coveted "Palio" AT’inside of a suggestive frame of the field of “Torneamento “ specially decorated as they used to do in the middle ages. To win the Palio athletes of the four districts must conquer the greatest number of points during the five tests (Aries, cask, coffer, race of the bridge, speedà and dexterity), whose order of execution is raffled shortly before the beginning of the Torneamento. Each test dà right to four points in the first classified three per second, two third and one to the last. Those who do not conclude the test or do not arrive at the departure does not receive any point. In the case of equalityà è provided a test of tiebreaker. Oria

    Second weekend of August The event originated by the notice that Frederick II wanted to adopt in 1225 during a period of permanence in Oria. L’Swabian emperor, waiting to Isabella of Brienne whom he married in November of the same year, he decided to settle with his noble court in the hilly area più close to the port of Brindisi, where a few month after would be landed the daughter of Giovanni di Brienne, King of Jerusalem. Precisely in order to honor the presence of the father of the bride and make a sharer of’event the people of “fida et nobilissima cittade d’Orea”, the Swabian emperor – in respect to the tradition of’time – wanted to banish an “Torneamento” among the four ancient districts: Castle, Judea, Blade and Holy Basil. Today the “Torneo dei Rioni” represents the historical recalling medieval più important and well known throughout the Mezzogiorno and represents an important point of reference in the cultural landscape and tourism in the region of Apulia: a land that Frederick II had elected to his true homeland. The Historic Procession that takes place on Saturday, consists of 800 appearing in costumes d’era that parade along the main streets of the town sumptuously decorated with colored flags of the four quarters. The glitz of’fridericiana era is represented faithfully through motion portamenti and noble, ladies, knights, jesters, men of the Court, Paggi and squires. The Historic Procession concludes in the suggestive Piazza Manfredi, where L’herald reads the proclamation issued by Federico II in 1225 for banning Torneamento among the four districts of Cittade. E’ the same emperor, at the conclusion of an evocative ceremony with dances and medieval music and choreography is particularly charming with fire eaters and jugglers, to submit to the courtiers and Contrada members l’ambìto “Palio”: the dream chased throughout L’year by the four quarters. Sunday, athletes and knights belonging to the four quarters challenge in the harshest trials of medieval mold valid for the award of the coveted "Palio" AT’inside of a suggestive frame of the field of “Torneamento “ specially decorated as they used to do in the middle ages. To win the Palio athletes of the four districts must conquer the greatest number of points during the five tests (Aries, cask, coffer, race of the bridge, speedà and dexterity), whose order of execution is raffled shortly before the beginning of the Torneamento. Each test dà right to four points in the first classified three per second, two third and one to the last. Those who do not conclude the test or do not arrive at the departure does not receive any point. In the case of equalityà è provided a test of tiebreaker.

  • San Barsanofio
    30-08-2019
    Patronal parties

    Add to calendar 2019-08-30 2019-08-30 Europe/Rome San Barsanofio Oria

Past Events

  • Grape and local wine festival
    23-09-2018
    Grape and local wine festival
    Feasts

    A suggestive parade of floats, specially set up themed, in the streets of the village, which will conclude with the arrival of the same in Piazza Lorch, where stand for the tasting of local food and wine, popular music live and themed attractions will be Frame to the final festival with the awards of the various categories of the parade.

  • Feast of the Pettola
    08-12-2018
    Feast of the Pettola
    Feasts

Other Events

  • From the month of March, every Thursday until Holy Wednesday - Procession Scenni Cristu. The statue of Jesus lying on a coffin with white canopy and flowering plumes, symbol of rebirth, is brought to shoulder from confreres of’Archconfraternity of Death dressed in black. The descent is repeated with a weekly frequency until Wednesdayì holy, when the statue falls, for l’last time with the Mysteries. The number of Thursdayì not è fixed becauseé varies according to the mobility of the feast of the Passover: if this is “Low” (in March) or if is “High” (in April). The statue is carried shoulder high up in the Cathedral. After the celebration of the Mass, the same remains exposed in the Church until Fridayì evening for the singing of the wounds, to then return to the monastery of the Benedictine nuns on Saturday morning. With reference to the origin is known for certain that when the ancient Romanesque cathedral was demolished after the earthquake of 1743, the furniture and furnishings were deposited and stored at the Monastery of Benedictine nuns. At the end of the work, the coffin of Jesus Dead remained in custody at the Benedictine Nuns. The need to expose the statue during the meditations of Friday brought to transfer in the previous afternoon, from the monastery of San Benedetto to the cathedral and this gave rise to the “Scinnuta of Cristu”.
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