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Cathedral of Otranto

Otranto, Italy
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Ranked #1 of 26 Attractions in Otranto
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites
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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW via mobile

The Romanesque architecture is interesting, but the most spectacular aspect is the mosaic floor. I am surprised that you can walk over as much of it as you can, but it is very well preserved. This is a very impressive chiesa.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

This is an amazing building with a truly amazing mosaic. The crypt is however one of the ghostiest places I have ever been. 800 or so folk were killed during raids by the Turks of many hundred years back. Their bones are in one apse of the church still. It is a sombre sight in a beautiful building in a... More

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Closed from noon to 3 so need to plan accordingly. Mosaic floor is definitely worth seeing. Rose window out for restoration.

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Milano
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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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