Ostuni Cathedral

Ostuni, Italy

Ostuni Cathedral  was originally a church practising Orthodox rites prior to the year 1000. In 1228-1229, the present Romanesque church was erected by Frederick II of Swabia. The earthquake of 1456, strongly felt in Brindisi, damaged it. During 1469-1495 it was again rebuilt in a Gothic style.

The façade acquired its elegant rose window in the 15th century. The church once had four such windows. One of the portals is dedicated to Saint Blaise (San Biagio), one of the patrons of the city, and has the saint carved on the portal. A restoration in the 1970s tried to remove stucco decorations that covered the original Romanesque and Gothic architecture.

The interior has a number of artworks that covered the ceiling and altars. The Chapel of the Sacred Heart, once of St Cajetan (Gaetano) had a canvas of the saint attributed to Domenico Antonio Vaccaro. The Cappellone dell'Immacolata was decorated in the 18th century. The sacristy has a large venerated icon depicting Saint Oronzo. One Chapel is dedicated to the patron saints of Ostuni: Saint Blaise, Saint Augustine, Saint Orontius, and Saint Irene. The church once had a canvas, now stolen, of Santa Lucia by Palma il Giovane. The apse has an altarpiece of the Assunta, and the chapel of Santa Maria della Sanità has a fresco depicting Saint Catherine of Alexandria. A niche of the counter-facade has a 15th-century statue of Christ.

The cathedral archives hold nearly 200 parchments dating to the 12th century.

In 1986 it became a co-cathedral of the Archdiocese of Brindisi-Ostuni, and in 2011 was granted the status of a minor basilica.



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Founded: 1228
Category: Religious sites in Italy

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Tania Jackson (2 years ago)
Just stunning ?
Tablet Testbank (3 years ago)
Watch for euro 100 fines for driving your hire car to and around this - Italian police have fixed number plate cameras
Marco Rossi (3 years ago)
Beatuiful stonework. Nice light around sun set. Can get quite busy.
Szabolcs Halmos (4 years ago)
The city around is amazing, you are not coming to see the catedhral. The cathedral is nice.
Jack T (4 years ago)
Very nice 1000 old cathedral with beautiful floor tiles. Ceiling artwork was extraordinary and extremely detailed and colorful.
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