"Walk Around the Cathedral" Trani Things to Do Tip by hquittner
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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.
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