Basilica di Santa Caterina d'Alessandria, Galatina

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  • We spend the night in a bed and breakfast in Nardò (innsud salento) beautiful very clean and comfortable, the owner lists the best attractions of Salento including this basilica. I don't think there's anything like that in all of southern Italy, enchants by so much beauty, a church so much frescoes had never seen. One thing that I'm really sorry is that unless the ditch was for the owner of the bed and breakfast we would never have seen this great place.
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  • The basilica is one of the most outstanding monuments of Romanesque and Gothic art of Italy. Built between 1369 and 1391, to guard the finger of Saint Catherine of Alexandria brought from Raimondello Del Balzo Orsini returning from the Crusades. When he died his wife Maria d'enghien decided to paint the building in its entirety by calling artists from various regions of the Peninsula including the Sienese Francesco d'arezzo. Adjacent to the basilica, the Franciscan monastery, rebuilt in the 16th and 17th centuries, with the frescoed cloister in 1696 by brother Joseph of Gravina.
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  • From perdere...la not painted decoration covers the whole times and walls with amazing effects ... Airy the cloister ... scholars the guides ...
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  • The Basilica of Saint Catherine of Alexandria, is one of the most prominent monuments of Romanesque and Gothic art in the region of Apulia, is located in the historic centre of Galatina. The basilica was built between 1369 and Raimondello del Balzo Orsini to 1391. This, in one of his numerous trips to the Crusades, climbed up to the top of Mount Sinai to pay tribute to the body of St. Catherine. According to legend, when kissed the hand of the Saint, began with his teeth a finger, leading to Italy as a relic in a silver reliquary, which is still preserved in the treasure of the Basilica. The building, after Raimondello's death in 1405, was completed by his wife, Princess House of Enghien and then by his son, Giovanni Antonio del Balzo Orsini. The building was built on a Byzantine Church from the 9TH and 10th centuries the Greek Rite traces are clearly visible on the outside wall of the ship right that merged, perhaps to save building material of the apse. The Interior is divided into three naves supported by arches. The central nave is divided into three compartments, covered by vaults and separated from the aisles by corridors. The capitals have floral themes with human and animal figures. The apse, in which there are large Windows, was added in the first half of the 15th century, commissioned by Giovanni Antonio Orsini, Raimondello's son, to give more luminosity to the temple and were more beautiful architecturally, since, according to the same said, the building It looked like a body without a head. The pictorial decoration is of great importance. The Interior was completely painted with frescoes by the end of the 14th century by local artisans. These frescoes were not of great quality and did not like Mary of Enghen, I decided to make them completely new, they get artists from different regions of the peninsula, artists of the school of Giotto and Francesco in Arezzo and Siena. The influence of Giotto are especially visible in the frescoes of the vaults of the second group in which portrayed the seven sacraments. The elements of the frescoes of the school of Siena can be seen in some of the figures: for example in which represents the Annunciation scene you can see the characters a bit stretched, characteristic of the Siena paintings of the period. The cool just with the signature "Francesco in Arezzo" is located in the ambulatory and have an image of Saint Anthony; along with the name of the artist shows the date of ' MCDXXXV '. Remains of the earliest paintings are visible in different parts of the building where they have recently restored frescoes and, therefore, it is particularly visible in the first layer. The whole cycle of frescoes are from left to right, in the sense of the central nave are rotating certainly the most interesting. Along the walls of the first section and façade are the scenes of the Apocalypse, which constitute the most extensive cycle of the whole Church. Enter the narrative in the vault of the first section, evoking the most important subjects and allegories in the book of St. John. In the second section there are the stories of Genesis, on the two side walls and the vault, the seven Sacraments. In the third, the angelic Hierarchies are represented in the vault, while the stories of the life of Christ, on the walls. Saint Catherine of Alexandria and his life can be seen on the walls of the presbytery, a cycle of seventeen fresh, while in the vault are the Evangelists and the Doctors of the Church. In the heart, it only has decorated a number of noble coats of arms and the Cenotaph of Giovanni Antonio Orsini del Balzo, while that of Raimondello is located on the left side of the main altar of the presbytery. Both the pictorial cycle of the central nave as the stories of the Virgin Mary in the right nave were commissioned by Maria Enghien and therefore are dated between 1416 and 1443, the year of the death of the Princess.
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  • The basilica of Saint Catherine of Alexandria, declared a national monument in 1870, is one of the most outstanding monuments of Romanesque and Gothic art of Italy. It was built at the behest of Raimondello Orsini Del Balzo between 1369 and 1391, to guard the relic of the finger of Saint Catherine of Alexandria which he himself brought in Galatina returning from the Crusades. Raimondello's death, his wife Mary of Enghien decided to completely paint the building (early 15th century) by calling artists from various regions of the Peninsula: workers of the Giotto school and Siena and some Franciscus De Arecio (Francis d'arezzo). The tricuspid valve façade, in Romanesque pugliese, has a large rose window and finely sculpted portals. The Interior, majestic proportions, is five naves. Walls, pillars, arches, vaults and frescoes characterize him in every corner. The Church was declared a basilica minorenel 1992. In the apse is the mausoleum of Giovanni Antonio Del Balzo Orsini, son of Raimondello and Mary of Enghien. Adjacent to the basilica is the convent of the Franciscan Friars Minor completely rebuilt in the 16th and 17th centuries to replace the one. Has an entirely frescoed chiostroquadrangolare in 1696 by FRA ' Giuseppe from Gravina in Puglia [11
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  • The Basilica of Saint Catherine of Alexandria is a marvel! A precious jewel in Salento. The basilica is in Gothic style and was built by the Orsini family in the period 1384-1391. The façade has a beautiful rose window and a portal halfback with carvings and reliefs. The Interior has 5 naves is covered by beautiful and precious frescos dating back to the early 15th century. Worth visiting.
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  • The Church was built by Raimondello Orsini del Balzo, husband of Mary of Enghien, Countess of Lecce and finished in 1391-as from the date carved on the lintel of the doorway of the Church, on the left of the observer – with the intent of spread the Latin rite. Raimondello ordered the building of the adjacent Hospital (now called Orsini Palace and the Town Hall) and a monastery (which is no longer what we see today but the one rebuilt in the 17th century behind the Church) for the Franciscan friars of the Vicarage of Bosnia which was conferred in 1392, together with the cappellanìa of the hospital, the assignment to officiate in Latin in St Catherine's Church. According to tradition, during an expedition to the Holy Land, Raimondello visited the monastery Santa Caterina sinaita where lie the remains of the Saint. While knelt to kiss the hand of the deceased, took a finger (by hiding it in his mouth after bite) that brought in Salento and around which erected the church dedicated to her. The Church was built on the ruins of an earlier Byzantine church dating back to the 9th-10th century whose traces are clearly visible in the exterior wall of the South aisle apse was incorporated.
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  • Extraordinary example of Romanesque art in Puglia! Marvellous frescoes of Biblical stories: the Genesis, the life of Mary and Jesus, revelation and the martyrdom of Saint Catherine of Alexandria!
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