"Walk Around the Cathedral" Trani Cathedral - Cattedrale di San Nicola Pellegrino Tip by hquittner

  Main doorway & bronze doors(detail not discernible
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  • Main doorway & bronze doors(detail not discernible - Trani
      Main doorway & bronze doors(detail not discernible
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  • S. Wall view (second clerestory under repair) - Trani
      S. Wall view (second clerestory under repair)
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  • S,Transept. Note decoration of windows and eaves. - Trani
      S,Transept. Note decoration of windows and eaves.
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  • The porch  and door(s) - Trani
      The porch and door(s)
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  • Top of campanile from E. - Trani
      Top of campanile from E.
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A proud double stairway leads to a broad porch. The churchis raised to accomodate in its foundations the crypt of St. Nicola (see tip on his statue), the previous church S. Maria and below them an ancient Christian catacombs (Ipogeo di S.Leucio). There is a prominent central door flanked by blind arcades. Above this are 3 windows,the central elaborately decorated and carved. Above that is a nice rose window (partly worn and somewhat repaired). The central entrance contains a massive pair of bronze doors (16x10ft) created in 1179 by Barisano da Trani (who made similar doors for Monreale and Ravello). My picture does not show the details but previous tips by "effeti" are better than mine and illustrate the panels adequately. As one continues around the S. side of the church the blind arcade pattern continue and larged and above them are two levels of clerestory windows. There folows a transept and triple apses.

Address: Piazza Duomo, 76125 Trani BT

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  • Updated Nov 6, 2005
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