San Pietro Apostolo (St. Peter Apostle) – Mother Church
The Mother Church of the city of Putignano rises majestically in the heart of the historic district in piazza Plebiscito. Its sobriety and austerity grant is great stateliness and solemnity. It is constructed with regularly cut ashlars of limestone.
The main door is in wood and enclosed in a double border of lovely botanical ornaments dating back to 1085. It bears the Papal coat of arms to testify to the seven hundred years during which Putignano was "ecclesia nullius", or not subject to any diocese, but only to Papal Authority (even if only through the Abbot of the Abbey of St. Stephan of Monopoli and then the Knights of Malta).
To the sides of the portal open two small, simple doors, while on the archivolt there is an impressive rose window richly decorated with sculptures dating back to the fifteenth century.
The façade rises towards the sky, ending with two rectangular windows, above which rises the spire.
The austere 1615 bell tower is incorporated into the church, joining it to the Palazzo del Balì, together with the entrance staircase, contributing to the overall homogeneity of this architectural complex.
The interior consists of a single nave measuring 44.80 metres long and 15.70 metres wide. The two stately main altars are overshadowed and connected by two lateral staircases in stone.
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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