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Putignano a history you don't expect

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First Balì palace and then noble house

The palace, which later became the noble residence of the Romanazzi Carducci, was built, with a good approximation in the XIVth Century, by the Knights Gerosolomitani who made it become the residence of the balì who alternated in those centuries. The Balì was the highest able sign of the Knights Gerosolomitani in a territory. The rooms on the mezzanine floor of the building are the small testimony of the permanence of the order of the Knights of Malta. All the furnishings of the ancient seat of the Bailiff dispersed at the time of the confiscation of ecclesiastical property. Below in the photo the plaque that refers to the Bailiwick of Vincenzo Crescimanno from 1660 to 1671.

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These (structures) fra Vincenzo Crescimanno from Sicily of Piazza Armerina
  in 1666 it completed and novat (or) transformed for a new use


The Cabreo, which was a sort of collection of the assets of the great ecclesiastical administrations, such as that of the Knights of Malta, and consisted of maps, lists of movable and immovable property, where rights, easement and the value of the property were reported, is the tool that allowed a historical description of the situation at that time. They had to be updated every 25 years and deposited in the archive according to the statutes of the Gerosolimitano Priory


From an extract from the Cabreo of the Bailiwick of Santo Stefano on 16 - 5 - 1748 a detailed description of the structure built next to the Church of San Pietro is shown:

Palace, cellars, warehouses and loot of the Sagra Religione

They also declare that the same Sagra Religione have owned and possess in the said Land of Putignano a Palace for his home or of the Knights Lieutenants with Magazzini and Cantine to conserve wine with its bottami site and place in the middle of the public square of that Land, border the Prioral Madrice Curated Church of San Pietro da Tramontana, boundary to the public square, shops and warehouses of the Venerabil Convento de 'Carmelite Fathers from Ponente, several shops of particulars and the houses of Mr. Giuseppe di Pinto da Scirocco, the houses of the Monistero delle Donne Monache del Carmine and public road from Levante!

Which palace consists of the inscribed dwelling and members.

First of all from the public square one enters through a large gate inside a rather spacious courtyard where to the right of the entrance there is a large Terraneo warehouse with a vault of Lamia. At the same straight end passed the door of the said Warehouse there is a cistern of rainwater.

In the same courtyard passed the said cistern there are two doors, for which one enters the cellar under the said building and holds said used cask cellar n. 39 of corpse capacity 214. Said the winery exit for inside the workshop of Monte del quondam Don Giambattista Cassone in the scirocco public road where there is a stone staircase since the time of the late Prior Prior Fra Fra Girolamo Marulli and for convenience of said output is paid to the aforesaid Monte ducati four per year for rent.

To the left of the said Courtyard is the Ecclesiastical Prison with the door from inside said courtyard and iron gate from the outside corresponding to the square and atrium of the said Prioral Church of San Pietro. Adjacent to this prison there is a stable likewise in Lamia to be able to comfortably hold eight horses.

Inside the Courtyard itself there are two stone staircases: one is the largest to go up to the Great Hall, corresponding to the Public Square with two balconies Seu Logge and two windows and with three pits in the floor to be preserved provisions and said Hall is located above the mentioned Gate and above the Ecclesiastical and Secular prisons which are proper of said Baliaggio. At the head of this room, in the lower part, there is a room that is really that above the Magazzino and shops of the Carmelite Fathers of Sant'Angelo. Adjacent to this room to the left of the entrance is a door through which one enters a large antechamber with two windows, one corresponding to the Scirocco public road and the other into the Courtyard above the aforementioned Scala.

The other minor scale is located between the door of the stable and the Cellar and for it one ascends in a left-hand discovery of which enters into two Chambers one next to the other, answering with another door inside the greater Hall their ceilings and windows corresponding to the Courtyard and are situated above the said stable and conserve of straw.

From the right of the same man scouted for a large door, one enters the old hall and the old antechamber corresponding to the last of the three chambers described above and for it in a three-chambered arm for the family of the Signori Baglivi which goes straight to to the house that belonged to the quondam Giuseppe Pinto from near the Garden. From inside the aforementioned Old Hall there is a room which is used for the Secretariat, from which three steps descend and there is a narrow place for common needs; then there is the Kitchen and from inside this there is a Door that goes out inside the Sacristy of the said Priory Church of San Pietro, to drop privately or in time of rain the Lords Priors and Knights in the said Church to hear the Mass or attend others Divini Offici. Inside the same Kitchen there is another door, which enters another Room, bordering the same Sacristy and under it there is a small Cellar with a rainwater cistern and with the exit to the public road from Levante and holds used barrels six of capacity corpses twenty-three necks their places of stones. Finally contiguous to said Kitchen, Room and old Anteroom there is a square Giardinello with its columns and above it Grape pergola and there are other bercoca saplings and a small rainwater cistern and it has the exit for a Gate to the aforesaid street from Levante.


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