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billie_birilli wrote a review Apr 2019
Dublin, Ireland980 contributions162 helpful votes
Today, Easter, it was closed so we could only see the exterior from behind the gate. At least the walk from Manfredonia was pleasant enough
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Date of experience: April 2019
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susangg96 wrote a review May 2018
Italy22 contributions13 helpful votes
This was certainly the highlight of visiting Manfredonia. There is not much I can add to the already glowing comments. It is a place not to be missed. Would be interesting to see it at night.
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Date of experience: May 2018
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Mmarymomm wrote a review Apr 2018
Pleasanton, California1,718 contributions396 helpful votes
A glowing golden stone church from the 11th to 12th century and a wire art installation of the older church next to it make this a unique site to visit. The artist made a wire suggestion of a church complete with figures on top of the ruins of a very early building. Plus there are even earlier (from Roman times) ruins on the site as well and an intact mosaic floor. There are informative placards that I have English on them, free parking, and admission is also free. The personnel there were friendly and informative. (Also some very cute cats roaming around.)
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Date of experience: March 2018
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Unpodipepe wrote a review Mar 2017
Vancouver, Canada95 contributions55 helpful votes
Santa Maria di Siponto is a lovely Romanesque church with simple lines and Islamic influences. The archeological site consists of the ruins of a 250AD Paleochristian basilica with a semi circular apse and mosaic pavement, plus the partially excavated remains of ancient Sipontium. Since last year, the space occupied by the basilica has been transformed into a magnificent sculpture, bult right onto the foundations. The installation is made of layers of wire mesh that overlap and intersect, reclaiming the space and volume of a structure that no longer exists. The structure looks like a hologram of the original church, creating an almost 'ghostly' effect. It is truly breathtaking, and the basilica almost seems to be resurrected from the ruins. The site is a bit out of the way unless you are going to Monte Sant'Angelo, Manfredonia, or the Gargano. Worth a detour for sure! It even has nice new bathrooms! Buon Viaggio, Cristina
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Date of experience: August 2016
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Alexankh wrote a review Aug 2016
Chieti, Italy28 contributions3 helpful votes
It's a very fascinating site, well managed and full of information and description panels, both for the interesting ancient part and for the contemporary monumental metal net structure, beside the Medieval Church. Here, history and art melt in a unique landmark. You can catch this peculiar effect with your eyes or with your camera. If you change your position, the effect changes from the most scenografic shadow effetc to the contemporary light-effect. Describing is reductive, It has to be experienced.
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Date of experience: May 2016
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