Castellaneta, about half an hour far from Casa Isabella, is situated on an emerging spur from one of the deepest ravine (gravine) of the Murge, keeps the traces of its past and is famous all over the world as Rodolfo Valentino’s native town.

The historic-artistic route leads to the CATHEDRAL on the highest point of the historic centre on the edge of the Gravina Grande, and is dedicated to Vergine Assunta: started in XIII century, finished in XIV, and rebuilt on the second half of XVIII century in Apulia romanic style, with the characteristic wooden ceiling, dated 1739, and the steeple near it.

You go on towards the San Domenico Church dated XVII century, as written on the triumphal arc of the building, restored during ‘700, as written on the iscription of 1775, placed on the entry portal of the same monastery. Downstairs, recently restored, is today the centre of “Rodolfo Valentino” Museum.

You can visit then the CHURCH OF SAN FRANCESCO AND THE MONASTERY: built about the end half of the XV century by the Frati Minori Osservanti, keeps inside two carved wooden altars and a wooden statue of Sant’Antonio da Padova, frescos and paintings by Franciscan masters.

The route then leads to the ROCKY CHURCHES (Chiese Rupestri): churches spread in the sourrounding territory near the ravines (gravine) as Santa Maria di Costantinopoli, Mater Christi, Padre Eterno, Santo Stefano and San Michele Arcangelo.



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74010 Localitą San Basilio - MOTTOLA (Taranto) ITALY
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