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where the sun rises sooner
(Otranto (LE) - Puglia)
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where the sun rises sooner
(Otranto (LE) - Puglia)

Only a regret, the time tyrant prevented us from visiting in detail this splendid town.
In addition to a short walk through the central streets, from the waterfront to the Aragonese castle, we only had time to admire the Cathedral of the Annunciation.
Certainly its crypt and its mosaics, alone, are worth a visit.

A curiosity: Capo d'Otranto (18° 31’ 14” East), located in the municipal area, is the most easterly point of Italy, hence the reason for the title of this special.

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A bit history:
Inhabited since the Paleolithic period, the area was thereafter occupied by the Messapians, the Greeks and the Romans.
Its port, very important since the Roman period, in the Middle Ages assumed the role of a bridge between East and West.
Otranto was also the seat of an important Jewish community.
In 1480 the city was conquered by the Ottomans who carried out a massacre of the population.
After this plunder new fortifications were built, so the city was able to repel two attacks by the Ottomans in 1535 and 1537.
The decline lasted from the second half of the 1600s to beyond the mid-1800s, when a sharp recovery took shape under the Kingdom of Naples.

For more info:
www.terredotranto.it
wikipedia: Otranto

text by: borgo-italia [only desktop]
photo by: Gianni

publication date: 2019-10-18