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Cathedral of Otranto

Otranto, Italy
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Ranked #1 of 21 attractions in Otranto
Type: Religious Sites
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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

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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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

South of Lecce towards Otranto,bits of the ancient Greek presence in the Salanto,still cling to the language like the dregs of resinous wine in a cup. just a few decades ago many people here still spoke Griko,a dialect traceable in part to Doric Greek. Much like the "pizzica" the time honoured local dance of seduction and sexual possession,the Griko love... More

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Rochester, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2014

We were not able to spend too much time in Otranto - just passing through - but it seemed quite a lovely & interesting city. We did see the Cathedral & the floor mosaics were weird & cartoon-like & quite interesting. We tried to identify as many as we could. Then there is the wall of skulls & bones of... More

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Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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56 reviews 56 reviews
16 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2013

Mosaic of note and the chapel at the back with the remains of the Martyrs of Otranto siege 1480 lining the walls - I suppose this is another point where West met East and the history is recorded vividly.

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Naples, Campania, Italy
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55 reviews 55 reviews
19 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2013

This cathedral is very beautiful, full of history, and rather quiet. It's not very touristy (in May) and location is very central.

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Holiday, Florida
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57 reviews 57 reviews
44 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

Dedicated to Santa Maria Annunziata, the Cathedral is noted for the mosaic floor covering an area of 800 square meters. The original inscriptions on the mosaic state that the floor was commissioned by Archbishop Jonathan and executed by Prebyster Pantaleone between 1163-1165. One needs patience because the Cathedral is in use and very often the mosaic floor is roped off... More

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Antwerp, Belgium
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

This cathedral offers a unique mozaic floor which depicts a very strange image/story. It is a tree of life i guess which grows and unto its branches are depicted various scenes out of the bible but also strange monstruous creatures. A unique feature and i have never seen something like this before.

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Ostuni
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013

A beautifully maintained Church. Yes, the mosaics are a major attraction, but look up and admire the ceilings as well. But why does ithe cathedral have to close for lunch?

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Lund, Sweden
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77 reviews 77 reviews
34 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2013

There is a magnificent mosaic floor that it should be forbiddden to miss. In fact the figures remind of the famous Bayeux tapestry and from about the samr time. European culture!

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Lavenham, Manitioba, Canada
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26 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2013

We spent the day touring Otranto, and the Cathedral was one of the things I really wanted to see. It was a little difficult to find, and we'd all but given up our wandering when we stumbled upon it. There was something that was eerily magnetic about the place. From the incredible floor mosaic, that covered the tree of life,... More

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