The Marchesale Palace (Palace of the Marquis)

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My story has followed the feudal events of the hamlet of Botrugno. The Maramonte, among the most powerful families of Terra d'Otranto, obtained the possession of the feud of Botrugno in the 8th century and kept it until the mid 17th century, uniting with other nobiliary families with whom they...

My story has followed the feudal events of the hamlet of Botrugno. The Maramonte, among the most powerful families of Terra d'Otranto, obtained the possession of the feud of Botrugno in the 8th century and kept it until the mid 17th century, uniting with other nobiliary families with whom they intermarried forming relations of succession and feudal sales.
The family was succeeded by the Castriota who in the second half of the 17th century bought the feud “with its fortification” seu fortellezza with the title of marquisate.
They remained the lords of Botrugno until the early 19th century, when the laws of Napoleon legally marked the end of feudalism, that however continued to exist, for a long time tied to the territory like the only form of administrative and social structure.
The Guarini who succeeded the Castriota, kept control of the town in a similar way as that of the feudatory, managing the land ownership, that represented the only source of work for the local community. Ignazio Guarini and his wife Teresa Lubelli were the last representives of feudal power in the town, as well as my last private owners.
I am situated in Indipendenza square that during the late 19th century was occupied by “largo del monastero”, named this way due to the presence of a Franciscan Friars Convent, that no longer exists in its original form.
I initially had the form of a fort with a defence function but gradually converted into a noble residence.
In the 18th century I underwent relevant works of enlargement and changes. A balcony with decorated banisters that run along the terrace was built and the internal decoration done with murals.

Latitudine 40°03'52.70"N
Longitudine 18°19'30.93”E

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