Chianca Amara

Close to the Cathedral, there is a rock called “La Chianca Amara” (the bitter rock), monument to human cruelty. On this rock women, elders and children were slaughtered between the 18th and the 21st of July in 1554 by the Turkis piret Draguth Rais’ hordes. The pirate had ravaged the city with his 70 galleys, reducing healthy women and men into slavery and beheading the others, killing more than 7000. To fend off these pirate attacks, in 1566 a number of fortified towers were built along the Garganic coastline.

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