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Castelmezzano is a town and comune in the province of Potenza, in the Southern Italian region of Basilicata. It is bounded by the comuni of Albano di Lucania, Anzi, Laurenzana, Pietrapertosa, Trivigno.
The origins of Castelmezzano date to approximately between the 6th and 5th centuries BC, when Greek settlers in the valley of penetrarono Basento and founded a town called Maudoro, meaning roughly the world of gold. In the 10th century AD, the Saracen invasions forced the local population to find a new location. It is said that during the exodus, a pastor called Paolino discovered a place to move, formed by rocks from the steep peaks which could repel the invaders by means of rolling stone boulders on to the invaders.
After occupation by the Lombards, the Normans settled there between the 11th and 13th century AD and built a castle (the remains of which the walls and tier of rocks allowed access to the higher lookout point are still visible). It was from the name of the castle (Castrum Medianum, roughly means Castle in the Middle) that the town derived it name, the castle so named because of its position between those of Pietrapertosa and Albano di Lucania. With the Normans, Castelmezzano experienced a period of peace and development, until the Angevins experienced a sharp decline. In 1310, the municipality was entrusted to the Diocese of Potenza (PZ) and in 1324 to that of Acerenza.
With the arrival of the Aragonese, between the 14th and 16th century, many landowners received Castelmezzano as feudo, although the economic and social conditions remained mostly unchanged. Only with the appointment of Baron Giovanni Antonio De Leonardis (whose family governerned the town from 1580 to 1686), did development take place. Subsequently, it passed by marriage to the De Lerma, who remained until 1805, when feudalism was on the verge of extinction in southern Italy.
In the 19th century, Castelmezzano was affected by brigandage. Due to its location, rich in natural hiding places among the rocks and lush vegetation, it was an ideal refuge for many bandits. At the end of the century, the town suffered a major migratory exodus, which prompted many families to move overseas.
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altay1364 (0) 2012-06-12 10:47
Selam Silvio Bey
Gercekten gozalici ve muhtesem, isik yonetimi,bakis acisi harika ve netlik ve gorsellik superb.kutlarim
Budapestman (82620) 2012-06-12 11:10
a beautiful romantic atmosphere with picturesque colours and details, the composition is very nice and the lights are fantastic, great view, Tfs! Have a nice week! Kellemes hetet kívánok!
rychem (23946) 2012-06-12 11:26
Intriguing light, it looks like a moon landscape, mysterious atmosphere, well done
baddori (19956) 2012-06-12 11:30
Panorama mozzafiato tra creste montuose ed un cielo che da cupo si apre verso il borgo .
La strada si inerpica visibilissima .
siudzi (33925) 2012-06-12 12:06
Wow! What a fantastic shot created by such a special lighting here. Truly amazing composition executed with superb technique. Bravo!
Jeppo (17645) 2012-06-12 12:40
una luce a dir poco esagerata che spacca i toni opachi e cupi creati dal manto di nubi
ciakgiak (30421) 2012-06-12 13:17
Accidenti che meraviglia! Un paesaggio mozzafiato che con quei raggi di sole che penetrano diventa veramente "importante". Davvero splendido.
Un caro abbraccio
carlo62 (33759) 2012-06-12 14:46
sono ancora qui che aspetto di veder apparire Mosè con le tavole della legge.
Un'immagine incredibile, da oscar.
freeride01 (167) 2012-06-12 15:28
I like the light beams from the sun breaking through the clouds. It gives the whole picture something mistique. Also it gives much more detailslike the road winding along the mountain. Nice done!!
Sonata11 (33283) 2012-06-12 18:53
Wooooow !!!! what a spectacular place beautifully executed with perfect quality. Colors, sharpness, pov, dof, exposure are fantastic. Perfectly well done. Love it. Awesome photo job. Thanks for sharing.
All the best,
amaryllis (35075) 2012-06-13 1:56
une vue de l'ensemble superbe avec ces contrastes et rayons de soleil; des montagnes rocheuses et je crois apercevoir la route en arrière plan, le spectacle doit être de toute beauté
Merci de ce partage
delpeoples (53167) 2012-06-13 4:19
Oooh la la! La luce veramente ha fatto un miracolo qui (anche il fotografo). Bellissima la tessitura delle montagne, le nuvole ed il bosco.
Passa una bella giornata
PS: come va la tua protesta contra il governo?
cornejo (32132) 2012-06-13 5:10
Ciao Silvio, questa è una meravigliosa vista della villa con un cielo spettacolare e il sole che illumina è, molto ben catturata in questo quadro molto buona e piacevole con un ottimo telaio, nitidezza, profondità, luce e colore. I miei complimenti per questo lavoro bello e ben fatto del bene. TFS.
Buon pomeriggio e felice settimana il mio amico. Cordiali saluti e auguri.
m00n (2259) 2012-06-13 6:20
Superb POV and light management that makes the image dynamic and effective.
Regards – monika
Cricri (107240) 2012-06-13 10:15
Ciao ami Silvio
J'aime l'atmosphère particulière dans cette image, la forte lumière qui perce le ciel nuageux, des couleurs splendides des rochers dans l'ombre et la lumière
Schnappilic (9690) 2012-06-13 11:10
A beautiful mountain landscape with a special light and amazing atmosphere. Congratulations!
dkmurphys (50006) 2012-06-13 11:44
Lovely scene, a superb captured moment. Well done, have a good night.
mesutilgim (85358) 2012-06-13 12:06
Amazing capture of this beautiful and dramatic scenery with perfect pov and perfect light.
The sunbeams through heavy cloud formations creates a perfect effect.
TFS and best regards
tyro (20692) 2012-06-13 15:28
This is pure drama!
The shafts of sunlight coming through the clouds remind me of a Biblical scene in which the Hand of God appears from Heaven, either to nurture or to smite those on Earth!
Fabulous lighting and wonderful texures and the little village appears to be bathed in the most glorious light. Excellent composition too.
ChrisJ (99180) 2012-06-14 2:48
Amazing lighting here and taken from a superb high vantage point. The 3 rocky outcrops in the fg have superb shadow detail despite the strong back-light & I love the multipie sunbeam rays emanating from behind the clouds. Tfs!
csabagaba (6558) 2012-06-14 3:16
Ciao Silvio! This is a rather out-of-earth landscape. And say, in the middle of a large blue-gray color of the brick ... their houses? Awesome and attractive. It's a good photo. Welcome to your young friend Csaba
Bluejeans (64249) 2012-06-21 5:14
Ola Silvio ,
Esta brutal esta tua foto , sem duvida um momento único de dia com esta luz a passar pelas nuvens , parece tirado de um filme de fantasia , ficou linda a área iluminda com a aldeia , parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
Didi (57256) 2012-06-23 18:39
Wonderful divine lights and nice spot on the village.
It was for you a very good decisive moment
Miguel82 (24153) 2014-12-01 10:22
Silvio, you were prompt to capture that photo, there are several rocky crests and maquis in the fg, I see a village in the far bg, light came among the clouds as a divine appearance