Andria Cathedral, Andria

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Andria Cathedral is a Roman Catholic cathedral in Andria in Apulia, Italy, which up to 2009 was in the Province of Bari but from then onwards part of the newly formed Province of Barletta-Andria-Trani. It is dedicated to the Assumption of the Virgin Mary and is the seat of the Bishop of Andria.OverviewThe diocese of Andria was not founded until the 12th century, when the present cathedral was built by the Normans on top of an earlier small church of the 7th-8th century, which forms the present crypt. It received further extensive refurbishment and reconstruction in the mid-14th century in the Late Gothic style, and again later in the Baroque style. The cathedral was severely damaged by a fire in 1916 and was again restored in 1965. The frequent rebuildings have given what is basically a Norman church a predominantly Late Gothic appearance.The crypt, dedicated to the Holy Saviour (San Salvatore) - unlike the main cathedral, which is dedicated to the Assumption - contains the tombs of two of the wives of Emperor Frederick II, Queen Isabella II of Jerusalem (Yolande) and Isabella of England.
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  • Knowing that the Cathedral is Norman, it is easy to fall into the illusion that it has been preserved since that time in its original form. However, the facade of the Cathedral is a stylization of...  more »
  • Another beautiful church, with a lovely facade and stunning interior. I particularly loved the statue of Michael the Archangel wielding his sword. Located on a lovely piazza.  more »
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