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Short URL
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Names
Altamura Cathedral Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta
Address
Piazza Duomo Altamura, Puglia
Location
Altamura  locality
Bari Province  province
Puglia  region
Italy  country
Europe  continent
Main date(s)
1232-1534
Coordinates
40.827447° N, 16.552856° E
Opening hours
Daily 7am-noon, 4-8pm
Admission
Free

Historical Timeline of Altamura Cathedral

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.
1320-1499
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.

Interior

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.

Holly Hayes
October 27, 2011

Exterior

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.

Holly Hayes
October 27, 2011

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