Duomo di Brindisi
Magnificent Duomo square can be reached crossing a pointed arch surmounted by a bell tower. The Cathedral is placed on its left side. Though this building was initially in Romanesque style, few remnants of that period can still be seen today. Among these, the external apse dates back from 1089-1132, though it was reconstructed in 1746 after an earthquake which had damaged the building overall architectural structure.
The baroque bell tower was built in 1780. The building layout is shaped as a Latin cross with a nave and two aisles. Recent renovations involved the removal of baroque decorations inside the cathedral. Between 1957 and 1968, interesting and precious mosaic-art finds were discovered on the ancient 1178 floor, with characteristic zoomorphic patterns surely connected with lost Carolingian-cycle scenes.
In Brindisi province, stones and buildings tell the story of this land. Appia and Traiana roads once connecting the city to Rome left their traces on modern roads. In this city, where Virgil died, there are the remains of two II –century columns that marked the end of Appia road.
The Norman – Swabian and Angevin marks also prevails in the inland area of province and former Messapi land, while it is even more evident in Mesagne, Oria and Ceglie Messàpica castles. In this area, natural landscape is characterized by ravines and caves shaped through centuries by the patient work of rivers. Rock witnesses of basilian monk civilizations can be found near Ostuni. Watch towers north of Brindisi tell the story of pirate and Saracen invasions, while the remains of ancient Egnazia Roman city can be seen in the respective archeological site.
Itria valley is characterized by a flourishing vegetation where olive trees stand, These are cultivated in masserie lands, small typical local stone fortresses. Coasts are marked by long, sandy beaches, dunes and protected natural reserves. There are several traces of old Messapi civilizations, rock settlements, castles and not-to-be-missed trulloes made with drystone techniques
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A proud, extremely loyal civilization, between the IX and VII centuries b.C. the Messapis built several settlements that were fortified with huge walls. Oria, with its characteristic castle, and Mesagne still keep witnesses that allow to reconstruct history, customs and habits of this ancient population
The coast of Brindisi area is characterized by small cities gathering around their historical centers, overlooking white beaches and crystal-clear waters. Brindisi is an example, with its huge castle emerging from the sea; Carovigno, dominated by Torre Guaceto and Ostuni, the white Mediterranean sea surrounded by olive trees and by a wonderful beach that hosts an unforgettable medieval center
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