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Church of Our Lady of the Altomare

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  • Via Punta, Otranto (LE)

built in the XVII century, the church is perched on a tufaceous spur that drops directly into the sea, and is dedicated to the Holy Spirit. The interior has a single nave, presents the altar dedicated to the Virgin. Special features of the structure are the decorations which recall the maritime tradition: the mosaic floor is decorated at the center with a star of seafaring tradition, surrounded by the Savoy knots or to eight. All the furnishings, even lighting, recall the themes of the sea: from the Cavalluccio Marino at the Delfino, from the anchor to the shell, the latter that brings together a double symbology: linked to the sea by a part, linked to the Iconologia of perfection on the other.

Of ancient origins is the devotion and attachment to the Madonna of the Altomare from part of the inhabitans. The first week of September, the population pays tribute to Our Lady with solemn celebrations, conducting the statue on a boat for the traditional procession in the sea. This custom derives from an ancient legend linked to the sad story of the Turkish invasion in 1480. Legend has it that the statue was stolen from the Ottoman troops and driven away. A young otrantina, reduced to slavery at the Caliph, I beg him repeatedly to liberate the sacred Icon, renouncing any claim on its liberation. The statue was then placed on a boat, without crew, and crossed the Otranto Channel. I see her arrive, fishermen tried in vain to reach it, but managed to recover only when alone went into the port between the celebrations of the city.

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Cathedral of Santa Maria Annunziata
Cathedral of Santa Maria Annunziata
The cathedral of Otranto in Salento, preserves the precious mosaic work of basilian monk Pantaleone.
Via Basilica, Otranto (LE)
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St. Peter's Church
St. Peter's Church
The Byzantine church of San Pietro is located in the historic center of Otranto, in Salento.
Via San Pietro, Otranto (LE)
0.63 Kilometers from Church of Our Lady of the Altomare
Aragonese castle
Aragonese castle
The castle of Otranto, in Salento, gave the name to the first gothic novel of history.
Via Papa Costantino I, Otranto (LE)
0.68 Kilometers from Church of Our Lady of the Altomare
Hypogeum of Torre Pinta
Hypogeum of Torre Pinta
The hypogeum of Torre Pinta is located under the eponymous tower in the Valley of the memories, near Otranto.
SS Tangenziale Sud di Otranto, Otranto (LE)
1.70 Kilometers from Church of Our Lady of the Altomare
Pond of bauxite
Pond of bauxite
The pond of bauxite is located to the south of Otranto, near the Bay of Orte.
SP369, Otranto (LE)
2.25 Kilometers from Church of Our Lady of the Altomare
Deers' Cave
Deers' Cave
The Grotta dei Cervi is a natural cave coastline, sita in Porto Badisco, near Otranto.
Via Approdo di Enea, Porto Badisco, Otranto (LE)
7.45 Kilometers from Church of Our Lady of the Altomare
De' Monti Castle
De' Monti Castle
De' Monti Castle represents the most beautiful monument of military and feudal architecture of the Sixteenth Century in Otranto Land, in Puglia.
Via Ferrovia, 1, Corigliano d\'Otranto (LE)
19.58 Kilometers from Church of Our Lady of the Altomare
Abbey of St. Mary of the Myth
Abbey of St. Mary of the Myth
the Abbey of St. Mary of the Myth is situated in the village of Tricase, in Puglia.
SP358, Tricase (LE)
22.88 Kilometers from Church of Our Lady of the Altomare
Calvary
Calvary
an apse of a hypothetical church where the nave is the road, side walls are the scenes road and the ceiling is the sky of the village of Montesano Salentino, in Puglia.
Via S. Donato, 101, Montesano Salentino (LE)
23.70 Kilometers from Church of Our Lady of the Altomare

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