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Cathedral of Otranto

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Address: Otranto, Italy

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In Otranto, there were no signs to direct us to the cathedral, so I inquired at a Q8 gas station and was told that we had to park our car in the lot next door and walk in. We... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 29, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

In Otranto, there were no signs to direct us to the cathedral, so I inquired at a Q8 gas station and was told that we had to park our car in the lot next door and walk in. We walked to the old town, then up some steps to the cathedral. The mosaic floor which we had come to see... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

This beach is absolutely gorgeous! If I ever am lucky enough to go back to Italy I would definitely spend more time here then just a quick day trip but unfortunately I was very limited on time since I was just in Italy for business.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

After spending a lot of tourist time in Italy, it can be easy to dismiss the opportunity to look inside 'another church'. However, the Otranto Cathedral is 'a must visit' due to its amazing mosaic floor and ceiling, as well as other significant features. Be prepared for tour groups and school groups so that you can enjoy your visit. You... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

This is an amazing cathedral with the most simple and beautiful mosaic floor. The ceiling also outstanding and the history behind the Ottomans beheading of 800 people and you can see the remaining bones. A good history lesson for us all to remind us of what others have done to sacrifice for freedom.

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Richland, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

If you are feeling church overload put that aside and do not miss the Cathedral of Otranto. The floor is a beautiful mosaic deplicting the Tree of Life. On the south side is a chapel honoring the martyrs from the Turkish invasion of 1480.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

This church history certainly has some interesting stories. The mosaic floor is a huge step forward from the art the several preceding centuries. But their astonishing crudeness compared with the Roman mosaic floors of the previous millennium brings meaning to the term 'Dark Ages'. The skulls and bones of the ossuary are interesting, if not unique in Europe. Opinion of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

Brilliant. Photos permitted but no flash allowed. Tour groups ove the place but have little regard for individuals.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Everywhere we travel we view ramparts built to thwart Turkish invaders. No wonder this area was desirable, for it is lush and intriguing with legends that cloud it in mystery. Its also the eastern-most point in Italy and the nearest to the Balkan Peninsula, a mere 60 km away. You can see the need for a lot of ramparts as... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

I would recommend visiting the cathedral of Otranto for may reason, but those who immediately come to mind is the mosaic which one of the biggest I've ever seen stretching from the entrance of the cathedral all the way to the altar, the architecture inside and the crypt. One thing that deeply struck me was the bones of the martyrs... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014 via mobile

Certainly worth a visit while in the Puglia area. The mosaics are lovely. The town is worth a walk around, an hour or two should be enough time to see most things.

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