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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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Santa Monica
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33 reviews 33 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

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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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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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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