Basilica Cattedrale Maria Santissima della Madia, Monopoli

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  • Forms and beautiful colors ... definitely above-average beauty. Very impressive the beams left of the entrance.
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  • The construction of today's baroque Cathedral (1742-1772) was motivated by the decision of the canons of the chapter to bring down the dilapidated 12th-century Romanesque cathedral, built in turn on a previous Christian Church was built in the 3rd century. Some years later, to protect the churchyard from the winds coming from the sea, was built on the right side of the façade on the wall where they found place ten statues of the ancient altarpiece of the Romanesque church. The façade has three portals of entry and ending with a semicircular pediment; to the left of the apse stands the Bell Tower with six orders. The Interior has a Latin cross plant, consists of three naves with double transepts, has eight chapels on the lateral naves and four chapels at the ends of two transepts. The chapel of the Madonna della Madia, accessed with two symmetrical staircases, is elevated above the presbytery and faces the altar. Its construction began in the middle of the eighteenth century, took about a century because of the cost of the materials used. It presents a valuable altar in polychrome marble on which stands the Byzantine icon of the Virgin and child, which legend has it received at the port of Monopoli on a raft on the night of 15 and 16 December 1117.
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  • I've never seen a cathedral so immense and so well kept, behind the altar there are lateral staircases that allow access to visitors from which you can watch from above. Wonderful place.
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