Castellaneta - Main Sights

Main Sights

  • The Cathedral (Chiesa di San Nicola) was built in 1220 but was totally remade in the 18th century, along Baroque lines. Noteworthy are the façade and three canvasses by Carlo Porta. Annexed is the Palazzo Vescovile (Bishops' Palace), housing other works of art. The cathedral is named after Saint Nicholas, whose relics are held in the nearest big city, Bari.
  • San Domenico, with a façade in both Renaissance and Baroque styles.
  • San Francesco d'Assisi (1471), with canvasses from the 17th century.
  • Santa Maria della Luce (13th century), is one of the few example of Angevine-Gothic architecture in the area, along with the Cathedral's bell tower. Built on uneven terrain, it is in the shape of a ship's deck, and has interesting frescoes in the interior.
  • The Gravina of Castelleneta and numerous carved caves, once inhabited by local population, some of them used as churches.

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