The historical centre of
Uggiano la Chiesa is wonderful with its splendid case a corte and its
as Siciliano Palace and Viceconte Palace, that are both richly decorated. The
Angel Tower is very interesting to see too. The most important religious
monument is the Mother Church, dedicated to St Mary Magdalene. It is a stately
XVIII century baroque church that is similar to a mosque at the back.
According to a popular anecdote, a doctor saved the life of Frederic II's
daughter and when the king asked him what he wanted in change, he asked him to
make a church build. The façade has three beautiful portals, a big window and
some statues of saints. The church is Latin cross and inside you can see some
very interesting elegant baroque altars and some canvasses representing the
episodes of St Mary Magdalene's life made by Oronzo Tiso. The Chapel of St Cosma
and St Damiano is small and it has a beautiful bell tower. The Chapels of St
Lucy and St Anthony are very simple too. Outside the urban centre you can
visit the rocky chapel of St Vincent. The façade is decorated with a beautiful
window and inside you can see a beautiful statue of the saint. Another
interesting monument to see is the Byzantine Crypt of St. Solomo, dating to the
VIII century and inside there is an ancient fresco of the Holy Virgin Mary.
The Patroness is St Mary Magdalene who is celebrated on the 22nd of July.
The nickname of the
inhabitants of Uggiano la Chiesa is "babbarabbà" meaning naïve and simple people
that believe in anything the others said to them. They are called "babbarabbà"
for a popular story that tells that in the past a foreigner arrived to the small
town and he promised all the population of Uggiano la Chiesa to make a show that
would have amazed them. He was offered a place where to sleep and something to
eat but when he was supposed to start the show, he called them "babbarabbà" and
he run away.