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Address: Otranto, Italy

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Beautiful church

The cathedral in Otranto is really worth visiting. Not only the mosaics are interesting, but also the crypt (really amazingly lit) and the shrine for the martyrs are impressive.

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 27, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

The cathedral in Otranto is really worth visiting. Not only the mosaics are interesting, but also the crypt (really amazingly lit) and the shrine for the martyrs are impressive.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

No words to describe the beauty of this place. The art is breath taking. There were people there praying. There is a little room off to the side in the back with lots of real human skulls made into the walls as you can see from some of the pictures that someone posted here. It is just something that leaves... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

The cathedral is in a beautiful setting amidst the narrow streets of the old town. It's exterior is worth a look alone. It's closed over lunch until 1500 but it's worth the wait to go inside. The main attraction is one of Europe's largest mosaics which covers the floor. Themed around the tree of life it's remarkably intact. The vault... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

Very interesting cathedral with its tree of life mosaic tiled floor and remains of the 800 martyrs. Definately worth a visit.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

The Normans got about a bit but sadly the façade of the cathedral is not easy to decipher. Inside all is different with Norman arches and layout under a baroque overlay. Unless you're into gruesome, the main attractions are the fabulous mosaic floor of the church and the undercroft, which must have looked even more impressive before the pillars were... More 

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Zurich, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

I love the history of this Cathedral and the fact that an ancient crypt was only discovered recently during renovations. The crypt itself is a beautiful arched, peaceful room under the main cathedral. Things to see: the floors of the Cathedral were done in a fine mosaic by one priest over three years depicting the tree of life and bible... More 

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

A unique cathedral in a beautiful location. Unfortunately, the Cathedral is closed from 12 to 3pm so it's important to plan your visit and to allow plenty of time: study the details of the extensive 12th century mosaic floor; contemplate the side chapel housing the skulls of martyrs killed by the Turks in 1482; admire the beautiful frescoes and marble... More 

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Leamington Spa, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

Imagine having the Bayeux Tapestry as a carpet on your floor. That, in essence is what you'll find in Otranto Cathedral. Build by the Normans in the mid-12th Century, the mosaic floor was designed by a local artist and portrays the tree of life and biblical (old testament) stories alongside historical legends. And you can walk on it. The central... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

Everything they say about the unique mosiac is true. Don't miss it. It's worth a journey to Otranto just to see the cathedral but you'll find plenty of great restaurants and shops while you're there too.

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Lecce
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

Awesome Cathedral built on the remains of a Messapic village, adorned with precious mosaic. Must see!!

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Address: Otranto, Italy
Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Puglia  >  Province of Lecce  >  Otranto

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