Minervino Murge is a town and comune, former bishopric and present Latin Catholic titular see in the administrative province of Barletta-Andria-Trani in the region of Apulia in southern Italy, lying on the western flank of the Murgia Barese mountain chain.
It assumed its present name in 1836, formerly known as just Minervino.
It is south of Canosa di Puglia and north of Spinazzola, in the Alta Murgia National Park.
The town's economy is based mainly on agriculture and herding. The karstic geology of the area has conditioned its main crops: grapes, olives, wheat and almonds.
Ecclesiastical History;Suffragan Bishops of Minervino
The diocese was nominally restored in 1968 as Latin Titular bishopric of Minervino Murge / Minervium / Minerbinen.
- Ignatius = Innazio
- Mandus ?
- Johannes = Giovanni
- apparently the see was vacant in 1179 as the see wasn't represented at the Third Council of the Lateran
- Riccardo, Benedictine Order
- An anonymous incumbent
- Pietro di Cerignola, next Bishop-elect of Roman Catholic Diocese of Canne
- Antonio di Gaeta, Dominican Order
- Rainaldo di Provenza
- Leonardo Arnini
- Sancio, previously Bishop of Diocese of Civita
- Giovanni Campanella, Benedictine Order
- Marino Cieri
- Roberto de Noya, Dominican Order , next Bishop of Acerra , Bishop of Naxos
- Marino Falconi
- Antonio Sassolino, Conventual Friars Minor , previously Superior general of the Conventual Franciscans
- Bernardino Fumarelli, next Bishop of Alife , Bishop of Sulmona , Bishop of Valva
- Giovanni Francesco de Marellis
- Gian Vincenzo Micheli, participant at the Tridentine Council, previously Bishop of Lavello
- Lorenzo Monzonís Galatina, O.F.M., next Auxiliary Bishop of Archdiocese of Valencia , Archbishop of Lanciano , Archbishop-Bishop of Diocese of Pozzuoli
- Giacomo Antonio Caporali, consecrated the rebuilt cathedral
- Altobello Carissimi
- Giovanni Michele Rossi, Carmelite Order
- Gerolamo Maria Zambeccari, O.P., previously Bishop of Alife
- Antonio Maria Pranzoni
- Francesco Maria Vignola
- Marcantonio Chenevix
- Nicola Pignatelli
- Fabio Troyli, next Bishop of Catanzaro
- Stefano Gennaro Spani
- Pietro Silvio Di Gennaro, next Bishop of Venosa
- Pietro Mancini.
It has had the following incumbents, of the fitting Episcopal rank :
Former Cathedral of Mary Assumed
- The medieval former cathedral, now Chiesa S. Maria Assunta, was built under Norman rule, but mostly rebuilt from 1519 until the consecration on 30 August 1608 by bishop Giacomo Antonio Caporali.
- A document from 1667 specifies it has 43 ecclesiastical officials, including an archdeacon, an archpriest, a primicerius, a cantor, 10 canons, 26 other priests, a deacon and two subdeacons.
- The castle, later remade as a palazzo
- The Baroque church of the Immacolata Concezione
- A 15th century tower
- Not far are the Caves of Altamura.
- Sagliano Micca, Italy, since 2009