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Cattedrale Di Otranto, Otranto
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is most famous for the 12th-century mosaic that covers the floor of the nave, sanctuary and apse. Within the tiles, you'll recognize scenes from the Old Testament and the tree of life. The cathedral, consecrated almost 1,000 years ago, was built on the remains of a Messapian village, a Roman house, and an early Christian church. Admire the mixture of architectural styles, including Byzantine, early Christian, and Romanesque elements. In the south aisle, look for the Chapel of the Martyrs, which displays relics of those who died in the Ottoman siege of the church in 1480. Plan your visit to Cattedrale Di Otranto and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Otranto trip generator.
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  • Although Southern Italy is full of splendid Churches if you are in Otranto you should not miss this place. The ceiling is spectacular, although it did remind me of a carpet from the 1970's, the floor ...  more »
  • I've never seen a floor mosaic of such beauty, done everything I would definitely recommend a visit.
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  • Sight to behold! Then the floor formed by a huge mosaic is indescribable with a few words, but that would be a compelling reason to visit, but there is much more! To see!
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  • Incredibly beautiful floor mosaic!!!
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  • In the ancient village of salento Otranto is surely one of the most beautiful things to see. 
Impossible not to appreciate the beauty of the mosaic in the Cathedral of Santa maria Annunziata that covers the entire floor. The huge mosaic is basically a carpet of colored stones built between 1163 and 1165. The mosaic is so large and rich in figures is like an encyclopedia of weather images and medieval culture. The middle part depicts the tree of life.
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  • The Cathedral, artistically beautiful is nestled in the heart of Otranto. The entire floor is one huge mosaic. While the crypt holds the remains of the holy martyrs of Otranto
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  • For those coming in Salento this architectural gem is worth a visit. The mosaic of Pantaleone and the canopy can be considered some of the most iconic symbols of Salento.
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