The Apulian Romanesque Churches and the Swabian Age Architecture
A journey through the province of Bari, where cathedrals dating back to the Romanesque Apulian age coexist with the most celebrated examples of the military and civilian architecture of the region’s golden age: the reign of Frederick II of Swabia.
Bari, Bitonto, Molfetta
Bari is the ideal departure point for this trip, with its world famous Saint Nicholas Basilica, its elegant cathedral and its Swabian- Aragonese castle, historic buildings surrounded by a city center full of atmosphere. The purest and clearest example of Romanic Apulian architecture can be found in Bitonto, known since antiquity for its excellent oil. Overcrowded with people every year on 8th September for the Madonna of Martyrs Feast, the old Mofetta stretches out into the sea displaying an unusual urban layout in a herringbone pattern. The town is rich in houses and churches witnessing the past prosperity, while the dock’s view is dominated by the shimmering of the Saint Corrado Duomo.
Castel del Monte, Ruvo di Puglia, Altamura
Barletta, Trani, Bisceglie
Barletta, acknowledged as a ‘town of artistic interest’, is well worth visiting for its Swabian castle, its many ancient churches and the Art Gallery pinacoteca De Nittis housed in the baroque Palazzo della Marra. A few kilometres south by the sea you enter Trani whose main draw is the scenic cathedral looking like a huge boat just been moored; protected and controlled by the Swabian castle the old town i sto wander through for its rich facades and the old Jewish Ghetto. A few kilometres south again by the sea Bisceglie features a very interesting old quarter partly well restored partly still sadly abandoned; something unique you can find in the very close countryside is the perfectly preserved dolmen tombs dating back the Bronze Age.