Photographer's Note

I took this one inside the cathedral of Bari, in the first afternoon.
The light drew geometrical spots on the white stone and the atmosphere was still and peaceful, as it must have been when the medieval architects planned the construction of this monument.
I tried to enclose it all in a shot, but it was not easy... I hope you like it, anyway.
"Built between the XII and XIII century, probably towards the last thirty years of 1100, on a more ancient place of worship, namely on the ruins of the Byzantine cathedral destroyed by Wilhelm I said the Malo (the Bad One) (1156); the right transept is possible observed traces of the original floor that extends under the central nave.

The presence in the Cathedral of the Diocese of Bari, in fact, dates back to Concordio Bishop, who was present at the Council of Romano 465. The old Episcopal church dates at least to the sixth century. Under the nave are the remains of an ancient church dating back to a period before the first millennium. This is structured in a three naves, with square pillars, cross vaults constructed with blocks of stone seats herringbone. Moreover foundations have been found indicating the presence of a building apsed whose board was to be prepared slightly oblique to the cathedral. On a mosaic floor of an inscription in which the name of Andrea Bishop (758 - 761), suggests that this was the first cathedral destroyed in the IX - X century. Instead of church this is the current crypt of the cathedral, the episcopio of Santa Maria, which is probably the building in question. In the first half of the century, the Archbishop of Byzantium (1025 - 1035) built a new church finished by then Nicholas I (1035 to 1061) and Andrea II (1061 - 1068), his successors. This church was destroyed by William the Malo during the destruction of the city (he was spared only the Basilica of San Nicola), which he accomplished in 1156. The Archbishop Rainaldo the end of the twelfth century began the reconstruction of the building. In the crypt are preserved the relics of Saint Raphael, Bishop of Canosa, in the greater. Carried the silver bust of San Sabino in capitulate, today is venerated icon of Our Lady Odegitria according to tradition came in from the eighth century, but in reality more late and very ancient worship.
Apses in the minors there are two sarcophagi: one contains the relics of St Columba, recently restored, and several other shrines. In the sacristy of the right is an altar with a painting depicting probably San Mauro, considered the first bishop d Bari. The current cathedral is therefore the result of work started soon after the destruction wrought by William the Malo. For the work were used materials from the former church and other buildings destroyed. Consecrated on October 4 1292, the church refers to the style of the Basilica of San Nicola. The building has since undergone a series of remakes, demolitions and additions from the eighteenth century. The last two restorations dating, the first in the twentieth century has brought to light structures Romanesque, second in the twenty-first century which has given splendor to the whole building.

Stylistically, it is an important example of Apulian Romanesque style. The facade is simple: in the bottom three portals open the XI century, the top is adorned with a rosette whose ring is crowded with monsters and fantastic beings. Again soaring bell tower, rebuilt with stones similar to the original, and developed the lantern and under the canopy of the dome with clear reasons Moorish.

Inside the church, which has been stripped of all the baroque structures, is in its naked beauty in the eyes of the visit the Apulian Romanesque is found in the transepts, in the wrong gallery, in the magnificent pulpit rebuilt in recent times with the same material which was in ancient times, mixed.
The cathedral is divided into three naves of sixteen majestic columns and arches many.

During the eighteenth century facade, the interior of the aisles, the inside of Trulli (the ancient baptistery of the twelfth century, today sacristy) and the crypt was rebuilt in Baroque style designed by Domenico Antonio Vaccaro. The furniture inside was instead reported to the ancient Roman features in the fifties of the twentieth century.

In the palace of the Curia, adjoining the cathedral, houses the Diocesan Museum, where you can admire the Exultet, a valuable parchment Byzantine-inspired, finely illuminated. The pictures are flipped over the text and then compared it to the priest read. In this way the faithful, when the celebrant unfold the Easter prayer, could watch the sacred designs. Among others who knew no Latin could have an immediate idea of the story. "
http://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cattedrale_di_San_Sabino, translated by Google

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