We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Cathedral of Otranto

Otranto, Italy
Improve this listing
96%
Ranked #1 of 21 Attractions in Otranto
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Cultural
Attraction details
Write a Review

517 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    382
    117
    8
    7
    3
Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Polish first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
  • Any
English first
padova
Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

Take time to read the mosaics with a good guidebook (or a guide) do not forget to visit the cript and take time to look at the magnificent front.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Savona, Italy
Top Contributor
227 reviews 227 reviews
57 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

The biggest church in Puglia is fantastic, you won't decide whether it's the floor or the roof... Both magnificent ! And, don't miss the second church, below the cathedral... Memories of Istanbul, mix of cultures

Was this review helpful? Yes
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Senior Contributor
45 reviews 45 reviews
13 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

This is a striking church, especially because of the 12th century mosaic that covers the entire floor. I can't believe they let everyone walk on it! Spectacular, and well worth a visit.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Montreal, Canada
Senior Contributor
45 reviews 45 reviews
4 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 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.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Sydney, Australia
Top Contributor
106 reviews 106 reviews
46 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
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

Was this review helpful? Yes
New York City, New York
Top Contributor
78 reviews 78 reviews
15 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
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.

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Milano
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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.

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Narragansett, Rhode Island
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Mississauga, Canada
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
11 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
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!

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Santa Monica
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
6 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
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.

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Cathedral of Otranto also viewed

Otranto, Province of Lecce
Otranto, Province of Lecce
 
Otranto, Province of Lecce
Otranto, Province of Lecce
 

Been to Cathedral of Otranto? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing