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Cattedrale Di Otranto, Otranto

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Cattedrale Di Otranto 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. Cattedrale Di Otranto is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our , custom trip planner Edition.
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  • Beautiful old cathedral set in a gorgeous old town - fabulous mosaic floors depicting the tree of life - must see underground crypts ! 
    Beautiful old cathedral set in a gorgeous old town - fabulous mosaic floors depicting the tree of life - must see underground crypts !  more »
  • Italy is a sea of beautiful churches that can sometimes meld together in one's memory, but this one stood out. The original Byzantine mosaic floor in the main sanctuary is still intact, and each of... 
    Italy is a sea of beautiful churches that can sometimes meld together in one's memory, but this one stood out. The original Byzantine mosaic floor in the main sanctuary is still intact, and each of...  more »
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  • A real surprise, the Arbor vitae mosaic is great, weird little animals - I found the ceiling design even better - but the biggest mad thing about the place is the remains of the 800 Martyrs, well worth a (creepy) videos t
  • Glorious and a real surprise. We were passing through Otranto and went to see the Cathedral. We entered through the Crypt where we were greeted by incredible organ music. The church itself is amazing. Filled with history and different influences, it boast both a spectacular ceiling and jaw-dropping floor. The floor is a tree of life mosaic, populated by mythical beasts. Worth a visit 1000 %.

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