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Cathedral of Otranto

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Mosaics a must

Attractive Cathedral in this lovely old port town.....brilliant mosaic floor.....worth a visit on its own.....the mosaic is as good as those on Torcello

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 26, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

Attractive Cathedral in this lovely old port town.....brilliant mosaic floor.....worth a visit on its own.....the mosaic is as good as those on Torcello

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

The mosaic tile floor pictures are every where and one of a kind. Also do not miss the small chapel with the skulls from the Massacre of Christians centuries ago!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Everything is inside : do not miss the stunning ceiling and the floor mozaics! The tribute to the Otranto martyrs is typical of an Italian way of showcasing grief and pain...mabe not recommanded for sensitive audience.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Don't miss the fantastical tree of life mosaic in the floor of the catherdral - it's far and away the most interesting thing there. Covering a huge area and incorporating every biblical, theological, bestiary and mythological idea that the builders could think of. Literally under your feet - well worth a look.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

The lower cathedral has a great grouping of original frescos and the upper basilica is in the byzantine mode with a sumptuous mosaic floor.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

The lady closed the door just as I arrived but I had heard how beautiful the Cathedral is inside so I walked around and had lunch while I waited for it to reopen. It is closed from 1200-1500. At 1510 we entered by the side door, the room had many beautiful slender columns and seats. I went up the stairs... More 

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Ascot, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

Go in main entrance, take the right hand side, head straight, enter shrine. Say no more. You will see. It's Norman so much like an English church, surreal but there you go.William the Bad was cousin of William I so much like the Tower etc. Great stuff.

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Koersel, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

The cathedral in Otranto is really worth visiting. Not only the mosaics are interesting, but also the crypt (really amazingly lit) and the shrine for the martyrs are impressive.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

No words to describe the beauty of this place. The art is breath taking. There were people there praying. There is a little room off to the side in the back with lots of real human skulls made into the walls as you can see from some of the pictures that someone posted here. It is just something that leaves... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

The cathedral is in a beautiful setting amidst the narrow streets of the old town. It's exterior is worth a look alone. It's closed over lunch until 1500 but it's worth the wait to go inside. The main attraction is one of Europe's largest mosaics which covers the floor. Themed around the tree of life it's remarkably intact. The vault... More 

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