Atena Lucana

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Atena Lucana
Comune
Comune di Atena Lucana
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Coat of arms of Atena Lucana
Coat of arms
Atena Lucana is located in Italy
Atena Lucana
Atena Lucana
Location of Atena Lucana in Italy
Coordinates: 40°27′N 15°33′E / 40.450°N 15.550°E / 40.450; 15.550
Country Italy
Region Campania
Province Salerno (SA)
Frazioni Atena Lucana Scalo, San Giuseppe, Serrone
Government
 • Mayor Sergio Annunziata
Area
 • Total 25 km2 (10 sq mi)
Elevation 642 m (2,106 ft)
Population (1 January 2011)
 • Total 2,344
 • Density 94/km2 (240/sq mi)
Demonym Atinati or Atenesi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 84030
Dialing code 0975
Patron saint St. Blaise
Website Official website

Atena Lucana is a town and comune in the province of Salerno in the Campania region of south-western Italy.

History[edit]

Atena Lucana is one of the most ancient settlements in the Vallo di Diano, as testified by the presence of prehistoric Megalithic walls. Later it was a Greek trading center, a fortress of the Lucani and a municipium of the Romans. In imperial times it temples dedicated to Jupiter, Cybele, Aesculapius, Hercules, bath, an amphitheatre and, perhaps, a forum.

Around the 9th century it was destroyed by Saracen raiders. Subsequently it was a fief of different baronal families. In the 19th century much of the population emigrated to North and South America.

Main sights[edit]

  • Church of St. Nicholas (9th century)
  • Church of Santa Maria Maggiore
  • Archaeological area of Serrone
  • Castle
  • Megalithic Walls (4th century BC)

Festivals[edit]

A popular feast day in Atena Lucana is the feast of San Ciro, which is celebrated the 3rd Sunday of May. The women, to show their devotion carry large pyramids of candles on their heads in a procession. Many of them go barefoot as well to show their devotion or to ask for a healing from the Saint.

Twin towns[edit]

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