Four inscriptions in the mosaic show us the name of the buyer, the ' Jonathan Archbishop , the performer, the priest Pataleone , and the years it took to do the work, from 1163 to 1165 under the reign of William the Bad.
The Great Tree of Life animated by a multitude of figures from the entrance of the Cathedral extends its branches to the altar, is supported by a pair of elephants. We visit now Crypt : it extends within the Cathedral under the transect and is divided into 48 spans supported by 42 marble columns. This is the first example in Puglia land of an oratory crypt. But the cathedral also houses the remains of the Holy Martyrs of Otranto that Pope Francis was canonized in 2013. Eight hundred idruntini that after courageously defended the city from the Turks in 1480, the renunciation of the Christian faith they chose martyrdom.
We leave the Cathedral and along the narrow Via Castello we arrive in front of the majestic Aragonese Castle , entirely rebuilt after the liberation of 1481. Inside there is a spacious parade ground with a chapel on whose wall frames are inscriptions in Spanish. Following the visit of the old town we reach the Church of St. Peter , one of the medieval buildings of Puglia more related to Byzantine construction. The small church dates from the late ninth century and the beginning of the tenth century, the barrel vault you see the frescoes of the Washing of the Feet and ' Last Supper . This and much more you can enjoy during the visit Otranto , marina where you can also book a boat trip on the Adriatic coast of Salento .
Optional: possibility to organize the excursion for groups.
The service includes:
- Guided Tour with Tourist Guide specialized in Italian language
- Agency assistance.
The service does not include
- Transfer service (on request only).
- You can introduce the appointment with the voucher printed or in electronic format on your Smartphone, Tablet.
- From 2 to 5 persons the price remains unchanged.
- Tourist Guide in foreign languages (English, German, French etc.), + EUR 30.00
- When Bad weather in the Voucher can be used in the following days or request a refund.
- Ability to organize: light lunch, aperitif and dinner in selected locations according to quality standards and establish time and meeting point Guide
- And 'possible to book the' excursion to surprise or gift.
- And 'advisable to get the camera, and always follow the instructions of the Guide.
- All photos and videos are only indicative
- The booking and 'confirmed barring accidents