Basilica Cattedrale Maria Santissima della Madia

Basilica Cattedrale Maria Santissima della Madia

Basilica Cattedrale Maria Santissima della Madia
4.5
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM, 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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  • Ed P
    Peterborough, United Kingdom376 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Simply stunning!
    A stunning Catheral set in a small square. Great photo opportunities all day as the light and shadow change. The inside is equally stunning, with lots of granite carvings on a huge scale. Free to visit, and you can photograph inside.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 26, 2023
  • Andy F
    Devizes, United Kingdom1,253 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Church
    Squeezed in among so many buildings, this cathedral is hard to get a decent photo from outside. But inside it's amazing. Beautiful main altar, with lots of side altars. The walls and ceilings are richly decorated, and topped with cupolas.
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 23, 2023
  • phat_dawg_21
    Alpharetta, Georgia15,056 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Spectacular Interior
    The Cathedral is dedicated to a relic that emerged from the wreckage of a ship in 1117. As was often the case, the first church was erected near the site of a pagan temple dedicated to Mercury. Work began on this site in 1107, but through a series of unfortunate events including sieges, and the resultant damage, and the lack of roof beams, construction was halted; according to the legend, because of the lack of roof beams. A miracle occurred on the night of December 16, 1117, when a raft carrying an icon of the Madonna drifted into the harbor. The beams from the raft were used to construct the roof. It took until 1442 to complete the Romanesque structure. Two of the three bell-towers were damaged during the siege of the Marquis Del Vasto in 1528. The remaining tower collapsed in 1686, killing forty townspeople. By 1693, a new campanile had been erected. The Baroque structure you see today was constructed in the mid 1700’s. In 1738, an endowment by Bishop Giulio Sacchi called for a refurbishment. The old church was razed, and a new church begun in 1742. Work was completed in Baroque style in 1772. In 1921, the cathedral was declared a minor basilica. In 1986, the dioceses of Monopoli and Conversano were joined, making this a co-cathedral. The inside it's amazing. There is a beautiful main altar, and several significant side chapels. The walls and ceilings are richly decorated. The marble interiors from 1900’s have embellished it, but not all of it is real. As you enter you will see the Chapel of the Beams. Panels tell the story of the construction of the cathedral and the dream of Mercury, a Monopolitan who dreamed that the beams needed to cover the cathedral would arrive from the sea. The raised chapel in the apse which houses the Byzantine Madonna and the double transept, is unique.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 14, 2023
  • BrakiWorldTraveler
    Belgrade, Serbia18,060 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Spectacular marble interior
    While the bell tower is the town's tallest structure seen from everywhere, the Basilica is packed in old town tiny streets on a small square. Like I witnessed in many places in southern Italy and Sicily, a pretty modest and simple exterior hides spectacular interiors. That's also the case here, in this Baroque Basilica in old town Monopoli - amazing marble art inside with a beautiful altar.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 29, 2023
  • laczkozsu
    Debrecen, Hungary2,132 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Main attraction of Monopoli
    We took a one-day trip in Monopoli and wanted to visit the main attraction of the town. The Basilica is located in the amazing Old Town, so we found it easily. It was built between 1742-1772 in Baroque style. We read in reviews that „a pretty modest and simple exterior hides spectacular interiors” we wanted to see it. Unfortunatelly it was under renovation, it was closed. We were a bit dissapointed but the town and Puglia is so faboluos, we decided to return in the future.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 13, 2024
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AMsays
Thornhill, Canada4,536 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
Work started on this fabulous cathedral in 1107, but through a series of misadventures including lack of roof beams, sieges and the resultant damage, it was rebuilt to its current Baroque style by 1772. The Chapel of Our Lady of Madia is dedicated to the Virgin Mary after the miracle of the Madonna icon appearing in the harbour.
Don’t be fooled by the plain, beige brown exterior because it’s the interior that explodes into life. The rich marbles, ornate paintings, decorated altars, artifacts and sculptures all conspire to take your breath away in an awe-inspiring view. Just plain beautiful, a hidden gem that gleams…
Written July 30, 2022
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BrakiWorldTraveler
Belgrade, Serbia18,060 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
While the bell tower is the town's tallest structure seen from everywhere, the Basilica is packed in old town tiny streets on a small square.
Like I witnessed in many places in southern Italy and Sicily, a pretty modest and simple exterior hides spectacular interiors. That's also the case here, in this Baroque Basilica in old town Monopoli - amazing marble art inside with a beautiful altar.
Written September 29, 2023
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laczkozsu
Debrecen, Hungary2,132 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
We took a one-day trip in Monopoli and wanted to visit the main attraction of the town. The Basilica is located in the amazing Old Town, so we found it easily. It was built between 1742-1772 in Baroque style. We read in reviews that „a pretty modest and simple exterior hides spectacular interiors” we wanted to see it. Unfortunatelly it was under renovation, it was closed. We were a bit dissapointed but the town and Puglia is so faboluos, we decided to return in the future.
Written March 13, 2024
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Ed P
Peterborough, UK376 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
A stunning Catheral set in a small square. Great photo opportunities all day as the light and shadow change. The inside is equally stunning, with lots of granite carvings on a huge scale. Free to visit, and you can photograph inside.
Written May 26, 2023
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Andy F
Devizes, UK1,253 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
Squeezed in among so many buildings, this cathedral is hard to get a decent photo from outside. But inside it's amazing. Beautiful main altar, with lots of side altars. The walls and ceilings are richly decorated, and topped with cupolas.
Written June 24, 2023
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Vanessa
Lytham St Anne's, UK4,082 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
We've seen so many cathedrals and churches this week, they are all starting to look the same, but this is lovely, tucked away in a side street, so you might just miss it. Lovely square and it's free to get into. Worth a visit whilst wandering the beautiful streets of Monopoli.
Written May 7, 2024
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Milton Kanno
Sao Paulo, SP9,914 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019 • Friends
The most interesting church of the city. What impressed me most was the main altar, it has kind of a second floor where they allow people to visit. At there you have a great and panoramic View of all the place. Big and beautiful paintings all around, natural day Light coming from the high windows give this place a perfect atmosphere to pray. Great place to visit.
Written September 23, 2019
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Marijke_Ilona_Tak
Monopoli, Italy78 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2013 • Couples
No words can describe the amazing inside of this Cathedral, there's too much beauty!
Definitely worth a visit!
Written July 9, 2013
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drdmromeo
McKinney, TX342 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
Although everyone said, Oh you must see the cathedral in Monopoli, I was completely taken by surprise by the majesty of this place. The money pored into the cathedral-- it is opulent, filled with lush marble, wood, gold, paintings and statues. Simply GORGEOUS and a must see.
Written October 12, 2019
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Vannegen
Warsaw395 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Couples
Among several churches (most of them barely accessible due to irregular or unknown opening times) in Monopoli, the basilica stands out as the definite must-see spot. Fabulous interior with its rich decor will surely leave no one unimpressed!
Written August 12, 2019
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