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Cattedrale di Trani, Trani

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Just next to the sea, Romanesque Cattedrale di Trani was constructed from local Tufa limestone, which gives the structure its light pink, almost white color. Evidence of the first house of worship on this spot goes back to the fourth century, though the church as we see it now was begun in 1099. Simple in style, it remains imposingly beautiful inside and out. Climb the bell tower, added between 1230 and 1239, for views of the sea and city below, or descend into the crypt, which remains just as it was built almost 1,000 years ago. Work out when and for how long to visit Cattedrale di Trani and other Trani attractions using our handy Trani vacation builder.
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  • Spectacular location overlooking the sea helps make the Church unique. imposing Romanesque structure in pietra di Trani stands massive in the square outside and seems to challenge the waves with the solidity that sets it apart. You enter the Cathedral by entering at the bottom through the crypt of the former Church of Santa Maria and from here the relics of Saint Nicholas the traveler to whom is dedicated the building site in the crypt. Affects the sequence of massive columns supporting the bottom structure in sharp contrast to the slender twin columns of the upper Church. The latter structure with three naves has very low but that decoration in ancient times had to have a mosaic floor as we see even today in some shreds of the presbytery. Visit not to be missed with a boardwalk will make your night enjoyable.
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  • Is a magical place with its cathedral lying on the sea which offers a breathtaking view. The Cathedral inside is very impressive, rich in history. As soon as I have the chance, I definitely will.
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  • Very nice indeed Trani Cathedral, with its Romanesque style which makes it interesting both in its external and internal structure. Very nice indeed also its location, where it overlooks the sea. Not to be missed.
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  • Beautiful cathedral and shore! There was even a traditional Italian wedding when I got there and had to hide because of the rain. Really worth the trip!
  • One of the most stunning Cathedrals in Italy. It dates back to the 12th century and has three levels of building inside. It is built in white sandstone and is surrounding by historical buildings and the port of Trani. There is nothing else like it in all of Italy. Worth the visit to Trani just to see the Cattedrale. Gorgeous and breathtaking.
  • My one opportunity to visit this cathedral on a day trip from Bari and it was randomly closed!!! They could of allocated a special designated area for visitors to see the floor mosaic and alter, at the very least. I even made the effort to arrive in morning before it closes for lunch. Wow, what inflexibility!!! Don't know if I'll ever get the chance to visit here again, very disappointed.
  • A masterpiece of Romanesque architecture, this UNESCO-listed gem should be on top of your must-see places in Apulia. Built with local white limestone, its dazzling white, ornate façade and tall steeple are an incredible reminder of the architectural skills in the Middle Ages. In the lower level there are still frescoes dating to XI century and a crypt. Free entrance.
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