- The cave was called
Zinzulusa because the stalactite hanging
above its entrance look like pieces of cloth
(in the local dialect "zinzuli"
The cave, which is less than one kilometre
far from the small village of Castro, attracts
many tourists. In 1793 Monsignor Del Duca
discovered the cave: he was amazed at those
wonderful natural "sculptures"
created by the sea erosion;..
- Our territory originated
about 150 million years ago, when the movements
of the earth's crust caused a subsidence
of the sea basin creating Apulia. Enormous
amounts of water flowed from Murge Plateau
towards the sea. The water eroded, modelled,
dismantled the solid limestone, it penetrated
into the rock's cracks,forming underground
rivers which eroded deeply..
Originally it was a sepulchral monument
(heroon), made up of one hundred big square
blocks of stone (hence its name) coming
from the ruins of the ancient city of Vereto;
the monument was built to bury General Geminiano's
relics,which were afterwards moved to his
native country, France..