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    Altamura Cathedral - Great Attractions (Apulia, Italy)

    Geo Beats

    by Geo Beats

    Take a tour of Altamura Cathedral in Apulia, Italy - part of the World's Greatest Attractions travel video series by GeoBeats.

    Located in the Southern Italian town of Apulia, the Roman Catholic Altamura Cathedral is a monument to the Assumption of the Virgin Mary.

    Construction of the cathedral began in 1232 under Emperor Frederick the second, and has seen great periods of reconstruction.

    Following Apulia's 1316 earthquake, the structure underwent renovations, including the later addition of an ornate portal.

    The dominating twin bell towers were constructed in the seventeen hundreds with a connecting loggia.

    The current structure is mostly Late Romanesque in design with Gothic accents and details that reflect the local style of Apulia.

    In 1534, the front and back of the cathedral were switched so that the front would face the rising sun.