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Address: Otranto, Italy

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No wonder this area is desirable least of all for its lushness and intrigue of legends that cloud it in mystery

Everywhere we travel we view ramparts built to thwart Turkish invaders. No wonder this area was desirable, for it is lush and intriguing with legends that cloud it in mystery... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 20, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Everywhere we travel we view ramparts built to thwart Turkish invaders. No wonder this area was desirable, for it is lush and intriguing with legends that cloud it in mystery. Its also the eastern-most point in Italy and the nearest to the Balkan Peninsula, a mere 60 km away. You can see the need for a lot of ramparts as... More 

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Tirana, Albania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

I would recommend visiting the cathedral of Otranto for may reason, but those who immediately come to mind is the mosaic which one of the biggest I've ever seen stretching from the entrance of the cathedral all the way to the altar, the architecture inside and the crypt. One thing that deeply struck me was the bones of the martyrs... More 

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Fort Walton Beach, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014 via mobile

Certainly worth a visit while in the Puglia area. The mosaics are lovely. The town is worth a walk around, an hour or two should be enough time to see most things.

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padova
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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.

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Savona, Italy
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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

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Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
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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.

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Montreal, Canada
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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.

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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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