“Le Franite” Quarter - Menhir (Crocemozza)

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Located south-east on the outskirts of Maglie, I am 550 metres long and represent the main route of the ancient farm named "Delle Franite", connecting it to its land and the old street of Muro Leccese, today replaced by the provincial road...

Located south-east on the outskirts of Maglie, I am 550 metres long and represent the main route of the ancient farm named "Delle Franite", connecting it to its land and the old street of Muro Leccese, today replaced by the provincial road.
I am not “any kind of road”, in the 14th century, I was embellished with two rows of Pinus Pinea trees on both sides, my trees are hundreds of years old, with huge trunks and beautiful cover umbrella-like leaves, those who usually walk through my avenue, know how beautiful it is to pass there, they enjoy the shade of the leaves, the intense scent of dyer greenweed and the beautiful sight of green lawns.
Those who walk under the shade of my big trees along the avenue know how much respect and love is needed to maintain such harmony and make sure that children and adults have a place where to run and take a walk cheerfully.
And its exactly here in a place, that spreads peace and serenity, that man centuries ago decided to build a menhir: a unique block of stone vertically fixed in the ground.
It was found by Cosimo De Giorgi at the end of the 14th century, in the outskirts of Maglie, in the quarter named Franite «on a point marked as Crocemozza on military maps».
After reconstruction in 1958, the monolith, protected by a low metallic fence, was taken back and fixed in the rock at its original site.

Latitudine 40°06'34.41”N
Longitudine 18°18'35.97”E

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