OtrantoCity of Otranto was built in prehistoric age, who arrives in Otranto already has with one self, in own mind, an ancient city myth.
In this way “ city of martyrs ” does not disappoint. In spite of millenniums, many things remain and it’s all there to makes it self admire. Just after martyrdom tragedy ( 1480 ) of eight hundred citizens the city, west outpost in Mediterraneo, was rebuilt and defensive works reinforced in historical centre, surrounded by walls, you can enter “ Porta Alfonsina ”, built up to Aragonese king (Alfonso D’Aragona), that sends away Turkish-men, ahead following a small street we can find Romanic cathedral, built around 1080.
Inside cathedral we can admire a mosaic flooring, restored some years ago, that was carried out between 1163-1165.
It is made up by millions coloured tesserae draws “Live tree”.
In historic centre we still can admire the castle, manor, stately, surrounded by deep and broad moat, with three cylindrical keeps and one gets down to ward coast like sharp lance built in 1578.
From Castle going in small streets we can arrived to the San Pietro church, a Bizantine art jewel, built between IX and X century.
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