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If you visited Baroque Lecce you should find some time to visit the Northern part of Puglia. The cathedral in Bitonto is the opposite of the churches in Lecce. Built by the Normans in 12th-13th century it belongs, in my opinion, to the most beautiful...More
Bitonto Cathedral is not well known but is very much worth a visit. It boasts impressive Romanesque architecture and sculpture. It's interior was "cleaned" of all the latest baroque additions and closely resembles it's original form. The frescos decorating the walls were infortunately lost in...More
The Bitonto Cathedral must be one of the finest examples of an early Christian cathedral in Italy. This beautiful Romanesque cathedral dates from the 12 century and is a refreshing change from the 'over the top' Baroque churches which can be found in great numbers...More
This stunning Romanesque Church predates all the Baroque ones in places like Lecce by hundreds of years! Bitonto was the place where Christianity arrived in Southern Italy, and when it did it built in top of Roman buildings. This Cathedral has restored these layers of...More
The Church is old so it it cool, but it really isn't all that spectacular considering all the other churches in Italy. The archeological site underneath is very comprehensive and many people don't know it is there. If you like that sort of thing go...More
This Romanesque building from the late 11th century has early Christian church ruins in the lower level. There is a tile figure of a Gryphon (Griffin) dating back a couple thousand years. It was found while repairing a church floor. A gryphon is described as...More