Churches in Barletta
Basilica del Santo Sepolcro
The Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre is one of the main churches in Barletta and it stands in the center of the city at the mouth of Corso Vittorio Emanuele, in Corso Garibaldi, where stands the famous Colossus of Barletta. As shown by its own denomination, the origins of the Basilica keep close ties with the Holy Land and the Sepulchre of Jesus Christ. It was built in Gothic-Burgundy style in the late the XII century and has recently been accomplished the restoration. The Baroque façade shows a pointed door, two blind arches and the remains of the pronaos.The peculiarity of the the left side is represented by deep blind arches with a Gothic portal of four poster.
Also the three apses surrounded by arcades are attractive. Strategically located between two ancient and important road axes of communication - the Adriatica and the Traiana road that leads to Rome - it was a place of transit for pilgrims to the Holy Land and for the Crusaders en route to Jerusalem from the port of Barletta. It was built on the ruins of the ancient basilica and dates back to medieval period between the end of the twelfth century and the beginning of the twelfth century. The present building is the result of numerous changes during thousands of years. Within it is preserved the well known Treasure of the Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre, which includes some sacred gold frescoes and paintings of famous painters depicting various religious figures, some coming from Palestine:
- the Patriarchal Cross (a piece of the True Cross of Jesus, who was brought in 1291 by Patriarch Randulphus);
- Tabernacle with the Christ in Majesty in almond;
- the Eucharistic Dove gilded copper;
- the Ostensorium dating back to the XII century.
Cattedrale Santa Maria Maggiore
The present cathedral of Santa Maria Maggiore is on the site of a former pre-christian basilica with a nave and two aisles, built in the vi century bc and subsequently abandoned. In the X century a second basilica was built on the same site. It was smaller and probably proto-romanesque.
- Daily: 09.00-12.00 16.00-19.00
- Viale del Duomo - Barletta
Chiesa San Gaetano
It was founded in the seventeenth century by the Order of Theatines. It is divided into six lateral chapels, three on each side, which adjoin each other and they are separated by round arches. At the second chapel, there is a wonderful painted wooden altar that contains a relic of “Sacra Spina ” (Holy Spine), Feast day on the fifth Sunday in Lent.
From the third chapel you can go to the ancient burial place, in the chapel beneath; at the bottom of the central nave there is a big chapel where is the main altar and a semi-circular wall.
- Via Cialdini - Barletta
Chiesa San Giacomo
The church and the annexed monastery date back to the Xth e XIth century, The church reached the peak of its slendour in the XIIIth century, when it bacame a reference point for travelling monks, wayfarers and homeless people. That is the time when Frederick II granted permission to build a mill, a tavern and a furnace., this confirming the role of the Benedictine monastery as a catalysing pole for urban developmant.
- Corso Vittorio Emanuele, 139 - Barletta
The earliest documentation mentioning this church dates from the XIIth century, although it appears to have been founded in the first half of the XIth century. The building is accessed by a steep and the façade is XIIIth century, but the interior is the result of restructuring conducted in the XVIthe century.
- Via Sant'Andrea - Barletta