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Altamura Cathedral
Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta
40.827447° N, 16.552856° E
Piazza Duomo

Essays on Altamura Cathedral

  • Interior

    by Holly Hayes
    October 27, 2011

    The interior of Altamura Cathedral dates from the early 13th century but is overlaid by mostly 19th-century decorations. It has a basilica floor plan with three aisles of seven bays and interesting carved capitals in the nave and triforium. continue reading →

  • Exterior

    by Holly Hayes
    October 27, 2011

    Altamura Cathedral has a unique and striking appearance thanks to its variety of artistic influences and major changes in the 16th century. Its overall heaviness and austerity reflects its Late Romanesque origins under Frederick II and the twin towers of the facade are reminiscent of the medieval cathedrals of Germany. The rose window, on the other hand, is typically Puglian. The carved main portal is exuberantly Gothic but in a unique local style. The "west" facade (which faces east) was originally the apse, and evidence of the reshuffling can still be clearly seen. continue reading →

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Bibliography of Altamura Cathedral

  1. The Cathedral.” Visit Altamura. Web.
  2. Blanchard, Paul. Blue Guide Southern Italy. Blue Guides Limited of London. 2007. Print.

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Holly Hayes
October 8, 2013
Last updated
July 11, 2014