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Jelsi, Province of Campobasso, Molise

This lively center is formed of an ancient and a newer part and rises on a rock over the Carapello stream.

Info

  • Territory: hilly
  • Population: about 1900 inhabitants
  • Zip/postal code: 86015
  • Dialing Area Code: +39 0874
  • Patron Saint: St. Andrew, celebrated on 30 November.
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Provinces of Molise

History

In the vicinity rose the ancient Samnite town of Romulea, as shown by archeological excavations of tombs and the presence of an Italic temple dating back to the 4th century BC. Called "Gittia" under the Lombards (7th century), the name had become Gelzi or Gilizza in the 17th century. The first feudal lord was Bertrando from Belmonte in 1269, later on the fiefdom passed to the Carafa family.

What to see

  • The Palace of Duke Carafa, bulit in 1517 on the remains of an ancient medieval Castle.
  • The church of Sant'Andrea, rebuilt after the 1805 earthquake.
  • The Casa D'Amico, on whose facade ia an ancient lowrelief and a Roman tombstone in honor of Caius Neratius.
  • The Voliante Castle, in the highest point of the small town, built in 1807, furnitured in the style of the Napoleonic Empire.
  • The Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie, a little away from the place, founded in the 14th century by Franciscan Friars.
  • The Remains of Romulea, ancient Samnite town, with very interesting underground tombs.
  • The Remains of a wooden Italic Temple, in the area called "Cupa", midway between Jelsi and Gildone.