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Teora, Province of Avellino, Campania

The territory is part of the Alta Irpinia Mountain Community and of the Union of Municipalities Alto Ofanto.
The 1980 earthquake completely destroyed the town taking a heavy toll of 157 victims, remembered in a memorial tablet on the façade of the church S. Vito, the only building saved from the earthquake.

Info

  • Altitude: 660 m a.s.l
  • Population: about 1500 inhabitants in 2017
  • Zip/postal code: 83056
  • Dialing Area Code: +39 0827
  • Demonym: teoresi
  • Patron Saint: St. Nicola of Mira celebrated on 6 December
  • Frazioni & Localities: Fiumicello.

History

The origins of this borough are very ancient, since in the area Roman ruins of the 8th and 6th centuries BC have been found. The first historical mention is in 1098 when the name of the place appears in a bull of Pope Urbano II.

In 1322, one Filippo is mentioned as lord of Teora; in 1376 the fiefdom was acquired by Count Giacomo Arcuccio and later passed to the Gesualdo family. From 1676 Teora belonged to the Mirelli princes until the abolition of feudalism in 1806. Over the centuries the place was hit by several earthquakes, in 1694, 1732 and recently in 1980 by the devastating Irpinia earthquake.

What to see

  • The Fontana del Piano, one of the very few contructions spared in the earthquake, has a beautiful decoration with a bull, three hills and three stars.

Where to stay