Condofuri

Condofuri

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Tarantella, the Greek language and bergamot, these are three of the elements that make Condofuri one of the most characteristic towns of Greek Calabria.
Condofuri is a complex locality, a compound of several villages and hamlets, each with its own history and traditions: Condofuri Superiore and Condufuri Marina, San Carlo, Amendolea and Gallicianò.
The main nucleus of Condofuri (“Condochùri”) is that along the coast (Condofuri Marina), although some of its administrative offices are located in Condofuri Superiore. Its position, once marginal compared to Amendolea and Gallicianò, as its name “Condo-Churi” (“near the village”) suggests, is changing thanks to today’s tendency to settle inland, whereas, until recently, people were inclined to abandon the hinterland and move to the coast.

THE NAME

Koundouroi is mentioned for the first time in a mid-eleventh-century Byzantine land-registry document. The name of the town comes from the Greek Kontochori, meaning “lower village” or “village near the town” with reference to Bova or Gallicianò.

TOWNLANDS AND LOCALITIES

Amendolea, Barone, Carcara, Condofuri Marina, Gallicianò, Grotte, Lapsé, Limmara, Lugarà, Mangani, Muccari, Pietra, Plembaci, Rodì, Rossetta, San Carlo, Santa Lucia, Schiavo.

HISTORY

According to tradition, Condofuri was founded by the inhabitants of Gallicianò. This theory is confirmed by a report of 1754 in which the local bishop, Monsignor Morabito, points out that the church at Condofuri is devoid of a parish priest because, being as it is a “not very old colony” of Gallicianò, the hamlet depended on the town as far as the care of spiritual matters were concerned, also.

However, scholars trace the origins of the hamlet of Condofuri back to the period of Roman domination.

The village of Amendolea seems to have been founded to act as a bulwark to defend the borders of the Locri area. In the Middle Age, it enjoyed a certain commercial and military prestige due to its strategic position. Abandoned after the 1908 earthquake, the historic Amendolea was rebuilt as a small agro-pastoral hamlet at the foot of the huge rock formation on which the ruins of Castle Ruffo stand.

EXPLORING THE HISTORIC CENTRE

At 300 metres above the sea, this small town is surrounded by practically untouched countryside, crossed by the imposing Amendolea River. The ancient roadway to the Aspromonte can still be covered today on foot as far as the stunning Maesano waterfalls. The once majestic hamlet is currently inhabited by a mere handful of elderly people. Its magnificent church, dedicated to Saint Dominic [San Domenico], contains numerous important wooden sculptures dating from the sixth to the twentieth centuries.

The centre of Condofuri is truly unique, with its houses and streets arranged in tiers and alternating terraces and flower-filled balconies.

The parish church, founded many centuries ago, is well worth a visit. It houses numerous works by local artists, while the Amendolea Castle, visible from the main road, features crenelated walls and the remains of a tower, which according to legend, once contained the entrance to a secret passageway leading to the hamlet of San Carlo di Condofuri.

Particularly worthy of attention is Gallicianò, the area’s only completely Greek-speaking village – although the language spoken here is limited, more and more, to the community only. Gallicianò is renowned throughout the area for the way it cherishes and clings to not only the language but also to its traditional Hellenistic musical, gastronomic and religious customs. Here, in 1999, the small Orthodox church of Panagia tis Elladas (Our Lady of the Greeks) was opened. The church, in typical peasant style, was built by the architect Domenico Nucera (known as Mimmolino the Artist) who renovated a stone house in the upper sector of the town and opened it for worship as tangible proof of a renewed ecumenical climate and a return of Orthodox Christianity to ancient Greek places of worship.

The main nucleus of Condofuri is situated on the coast (Condofuri Marina), although some of its administrative offices are in Condofuri Superiore.

Condofuri Marina and its beaches are populated in summer by a considerable number of tourists. We should not forget that the Graecanic Area is an ideal destination for those who love the sea and the mountains, as both are only a few kilometres apart.

THE GRAECANIC TARANTELLA

The mainstay of the Graecanic tarantella is the tambourine that here takes centre stage, and not only as an accompanying instrument. This traditional dance is part of Graecanic tradition, a performance whose profound roots go back to antiquity.

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Borgo di Galliciano’

Gallicianò, another hamlet belonging to the municipality of Condofuri, is the only totally Greek-speaking village in Calabria, although the language is spoken, more and more, within the family circle only. Thanks to its isolated position, it has maintained the cultural, craft, musical and dance customs of the tradition and fostered among its inhabitants a strong […]

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Borgo di Amendolea

Amendolea (Amiddalia in Calabrian Greek meaning almond grove) is one of the hamlets belonging to the municipality of Condofuri situated in the very heart of the Graecanic Area. At about 5 kilometres from the coast, it stands in what is known as La Vallata dell’Amendolea [The Valley of the Amandolea] through which the majestic river […]

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Location Borgo di Amendolea
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Location Borgo di Galliciano'
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Church of the Most Holy Annunciation

Church of the Most Holy Annunciation

Location Borgo di Amendolea
Tipochiese


This church known previously as La Madonna dell’Assunta [Our Lady of the Assumption] once stood in the old mediaeval hamlet of Amendolea. In 1869 it...

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Gallicianò’s “Anzel Merianoù” Ethnographc Museum

Location Borgo di Galliciano'
TipoMusei


The Museo Etnografico “Anzel Bogasari-Merianoù” in Gallicianò, [“Anzel Merianoù” Ethnographc Museum of Gallicianò], Condofuri, is housed...

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Little Churches of Amendolea Antica

Location Borgo di Amendolea
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Music in Greek Calabria

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Location Borgo di Galliciano'
TipoMusica e Danza


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Proto-Papal Church of the Most Holy Annunciation

Proto-Papal Church of the Most Holy Annunciation

Location Borgo di Amendolea
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The thirteenth-fourteenth-century Proto-Papal Church of the Assumption or, as it is known by tradition, Santissima Annunziata [Most Holy Annunciation...

The Orthodox Church, Gallicianò

The Orthodox Church, Gallicianò

Location Borgo di Galliciano'
Tipochiese


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Castle of Amendolea

Castle of Amendolea

Location Borgo di Amendolea
Tipocastelli


The life-story of the historic site of Amendolea, a hamlet belonging to the Condofuri municipal area, is riddled with strife. After having been ravage...

Church of San Giovanni Battista

Church of San Giovanni Battista

Location Borgo di Galliciano'
Tipochiese


SAN GIOVANNI BATTISTA [SAINT JOHN THE BAPTIST] The church, of Byzantine origin, overlooks the town’s main square. It houses two images of the patron...

Church of the Most Holy Annunciation

Church of the Most Holy Annunciation

Location Borgo di Amendolea
Tipochiese


This church known previously as La Madonna dell’Assunta [Our Lady of the Assumption] once stood in the old mediaeval hamlet of Amendolea. In 1869 it...

Gallicianò’s  “Anzel Merianoù” Ethnographc Museum

Gallicianò’s “Anzel Merianoù” Ethnographc Museum

Location Borgo di Galliciano'
TipoMusei


The Museo Etnografico “Anzel Bogasari-Merianoù” in Gallicianò, [“Anzel Merianoù” Ethnographc Museum of Gallicianò], Condofuri, is housed...

Little Churches of Amendolea Antica

Little Churches of Amendolea Antica

Location Borgo di Amendolea
Tipochiese


Outside the walls that skirt the Ruffo di Calabria Castle there are three little churches of considerable architectural interest. Of the twelfth-centu...

Music in Greek Calabria

Music in Greek Calabria

Location Borgo di Galliciano'
TipoMusica e Danza


Pios tragudài to calocèri to chimòna chorègui. Choever sings in summer willa dance in winter. Music is the life companion of human beings. It is t...

Proto-Papal Church of the Most Holy Annunciation

Proto-Papal Church of the Most Holy Annunciation

Location Borgo di Amendolea
Tipochiese


The thirteenth-fourteenth-century Proto-Papal Church of the Assumption or, as it is known by tradition, Santissima Annunziata [Most Holy Annunciation...

The Orthodox Church, Gallicianò

The Orthodox Church, Gallicianò

Location Borgo di Galliciano'
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