Altamura Cathedral Italy

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

Quick Facts

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249952
Names
Altamura Cathedral
Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta Italian
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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.