Publication date : May 2012 (version 1.1)
Length : 94 pages
Puglia’s Romanesque architectural style uniquely blends elements of the Eastern and Western architectural traditions. To get at its unique qualities, this Guide to the Romanesque Churches of Puglia begins by providing a thorough review of the classic Italian Romanesque architectural style that prevailed through much of the mainland. It then lays out the unique characteristics that the style assumes in the churches of Puglia, as it was infused with the region’s historical Byzantine (Eastern Orthodox) and Saracen (Islamic) building architectural traditions.
With this stylistic foundation in place, this Approach Guide takes travelers on a tour of eight of the most iconic Romanesque churches in Puglia. Each church’s detailed profile includes high-resolution images and floorplans that reveal salient features with color highlights to ease identification. This tour profiles churches in the following locations (listed geographically from north to south): Manfredonia, Troia, Trani, Molfetta, Ruvo di Puglia, Bitonto, and Bari.
And, as an extra, this guidebook includes a comprehensive profile of Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II’s masterful Castel del Monte, which is easily reached and makes for an exciting addition to this church tour.
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