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Cathedral of Otranto

Otranto, Italy
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Ranked #1 of 25 Attractions in Otranto
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

The mosaic pavement covers the entire floor of the cathedral of Otranto and it of great interest for its iconography. It is signed (by Pantaleone, a priest) and dated to the XII century.

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Narragansett, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

The mosaic floor is so beautiful, it's of pomegranate trees and Fig trees the astrology...it's really remarkable! It's rustic and very elegant! Of all the churches I've seen in Italy this one is my favorite.

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Mississauga, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

This church was interesting and a little different than most churches. The mosaics, ceiling and side alters are typical of the area, but there is chapel dedicated to the people of the town that were murdered due to their faith. You can see the skulls and bones enclosed in glass cases. Not your typical church!

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Santa Monica
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Obsess over the floor tiles. If you don't get it, go outside and buy one of the guides. It's a crazy mix of christian and prechristian, adam and eve and greek mythology, and I've seen nothing like it anywhere else in Italy.

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London
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

Otranto's cathedral is rightly famous for the medieval mosaic floor which is unlike anything I have seen elsewhere. Don't miss it. The ceiling is pretty good too.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

The mosaics in this cathedral are incredibly well preserved. One of our number was an expert on theMiddle East and has seen mosaics all around the Mediterranean and in Arabian countries. She said these were extraordinarily well preserved, perhaps the best she has ever seen. I was enchanted by the fanciful creations, all mixed together so you had everything from... More

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

Otranto is a pretty coastal town well worth a visit. The cathedral looks pretty much like others in similar sized towns throughout Southern Italy, but the inside has a real surprise. The entire floor is a 7th century mosaic tree of life which is quite staggering to behold. The word awesome is much overused but it is truly apt for... More

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Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2014

This huge cathedral is worth a visit just to view the floor mosaics. The floor is covered with intricate patterns of people dressed in medieval clothing and animals. It is beautiful. The cathedral also has paintings and stone carvings which add to the beauty of the interior. There is a sense of calmness inside this building which is situated in... More

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Olympia, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

A tree of life from the MIddle Ages - beautiful! and HUGE! I cannot imagine how many pieces went into this mosaic which covers the entire floor of the cathedral.

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

It is not necessary to wait for mass the cathedral is open at alternate times also. It is more intriguing for those with religious persuasion with many important catholic artifacts. History is overflowing in every creavous of this ancient monument and art historians will find this place an orgy for the senses. The mosaics can not be describe in a... More

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