Altamura Cathedral

Altamura Cathedral

This interesting Romanesque-Gothic cathedral has the most intricately carved portal in Puglia, with fascinating miniature sculptures of the 14th and 15th centuries.

Holly Hayes

Quick Facts

Go Historic ID
249952
Names
Altamura Cathedral
Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta
Categories
cathedral
church
Styles
Romanesque
Gothic
Norman
medieval

Timeline

1232

Altamura Cathedral is founded by Emperor Frederick II of Swabia. It is one of the four Palatine cathedrals of Puglia, the others being San Nicola in Bari, Barletta Cathedral, and Acquaviva Cathedral.

1316

An earthquake partially destroys Altamura Cathedral, after which it is renovated by Robert of Anjou.

1320

Addition of the celebrated main portal of Altamura Cathedral (the date is uncertain but estimated as 14th or 15th century).

1534

Major changes are made to the cathedral, including, unusually, switching the front and back around! The main facade originally faced west like most cathedrals, but it now faces east.

Bibliography

  1. Blanchard, Paul. Blue Guide Southern Italy. Blue Guides Limited of London, 2007, pp. 462-63.