The story of Torre Santa Susanna is quite complex. It draws its origins from Messapi, who built in the inhabited area a Turris Messapiorum which in reality was a granary of the nearby Oria. It constituted a turbulent core of defense and protection of the city of Oria, giving it in this way a military function of first defense and reserve of foodstuffs.
The first inhabited villages were distributed in the districts of Crepacore, Tubiano, San Giacomo, Galesano, Guidone, Torre mozza, Campofreddo, Malvindi and Palombara. These settlements had a considerable population, as evidenced by the archaeological evidence of the Roman era. The turbulent outpost was strengthened by becoming a military garrison, witnessed by the numerous cisterns and various grain and oil shapes.
Tower Santa Susanna, located just a short distance from Messapi Street, the current Oria-Cellino street, was also close to the Greco’s Limit, a defensive line dividing the Greeks to the south and the Latins to the North. With the decadence of Rome, Torre and all Salento fell under the rule of the Byzantines and was invaded by a first immigration of Calogerian monks in the 5th and 6th centuries. Subsequently, other immigrations will lead to the Basilian soil of Puglia, forced to emigrate to cause of the iconoclastic persecution. The peaceful invasion lasted until the tenth century, leaving in our district numerous testimonies such as hermits, laureas, cenobas, crypts, and so on.
The Latinization of Salento was, however, in the hands of the Papacy who sent the Benedictines to our neighborhoods for this purpose. Thus, there was a Latin settlement on every Greek settlement. The existing houses in the district of Torre were inhabited until the tenth century, which for security reasons saw the ever-growing population of the population. A rich aggregation of inhabitants from these farmhouses took place on the site that would then be magnified, becoming Torre Santa Susanna. The transformation of the place from Turris Messapiorum to Torre Santa Susanna took place in the thirteenth century, when the cult of the Blessed One had been consolidated over time. In the town, other Towers were built on the spot where the oldest ones were destroyed by Manfredi’s will; in the same period the first parish church of Old Santa Susanna was demolished, demolished of its last remains at the beginning of 1900.
Tower had the Guarini, Paleano, Dormio, Albrizi, Lubrano, De Angelis, and finally the Threads as feudal lords. It had as its patriots: the Cursi, the Chiarelli, the Moccia, the Masi, the Swallows, the Counts, the Sollazzi, the Life.
Testify the high-altitude period of Torre Santa Susanna: Santa. Maria di Galaso, St Peter (or San Maria) of Crepacore, the Grotta dello Spasimo, the old church of Santa Susanna, San Giacomo and Tubiano. The testimonies mentioned remain: Santa Maria di Galaso, San Pietro di Crepacore, The Grotto of Spasimo



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