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Culture of Brindisi. Places to visit - old town, temples, theaters, museums and palaces

The picturesque and cozy city of Brindisi carefully keeps its heritage and is proud of its rich history. There are many ancient churches and cathedrals, as well as medieval buildings and landmarks that travelers are definitely recommended to explore. Start your observation of the city with a visit to the Cathedral Square that is also the location of Cattedrale.
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The first basilica on the site of the modern cathedral appeared yet in the 9th century. A century and a half later, a new cathedral was founded on the site of the basilica. The construction works of the beautiful building ended in 1143. The Roman cathedral kept its original look until 1743. However, the building suffered damage from the earthquake and it became dangerous to use it. Architects had to almost completely rebuild the church, but despite that fact the cathedral kept its original Roman design. Even nowadays, the gorgeous church exhibits many precious religious artifacts.
There is one more important landmark not far away from the square. This is famous Colonne Romane located in the port district of Brindisi. The eye-catching marble columns were built several centuries ago. There are many interesting legends and beliefs connected with these columns. According to one of them, it was Hercules himself who built these large columns. Fontana Tancredi is one more wonderful landmark located in the historical district of Brindisi. The fountain was built in 1193. The landmark was constructed with a purpose – to commemorate the marriage of Irene, daughter of a Byzantine ruler and Ruggero III, son of Tancredi. The fountain underwent the latest restoration relatively not long ago, in 1999. Nowadays, it is considered one of the oldest landmarks in the city. Copyright
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Chiesa di Santa Maria is one of the most famous religious landmarks of Brindisi. The beautiful church is located to the west from the Cathedral Square. The magnificent building is a skillful combination of the Gothic and Roman architectural styles. Don’t forget to enter the church to see an ancient icon of Santa Maria and an old column that dates back to the 9th century. Chiesa di San Benedetto is one more must-visit landmark in the city. Tourists will be delighted to see the large architectural complex, walk in the inner yard, and enjoy the view of skillfully made arcs and monuments. The inner design of the church is no less amazing – visitors will see many interesting statues and religious artifacts that have miraculously survived till our days and are worth to be exhibited in a museum.
Brindisi 6 Taking into consideration rich historic heritage of Brindisi, it is natural to assume that the city has fabulous museums. That is true, and many of them definitely deserve the attention of travelers. Museo Archeologico Provinciale Ribezzo is the large archeological museum of the region that exhibits many precious items connected with the history of the region. The museum is really large and occupies several floors of a large building. It is a great place to see many precious items and learn more about the fascinating past of Puglia. A collection of more than 3000 Hellenistic Greek-style sculptures and their fragments is a true pride of this museum.
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Travelers, who feel tired of history-related landmarks and want to visit an amusing place, are recommended to attend the Beer Museum. This museum studies the history of beer starting from the Messapi times. A large part of the exhibition is dedicated to the Templars and beer manufacturing during the Middle Ages in general. The end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century was also very important for the beer industry in Brindisi. This is the time when the Indian Mail was sent to Brindisi. A separate hall is dedicated to a collection of Jugendstil mugs. Naturally, any excursion to such a museum ends with beer sampling. Visitors are treated to a selection of craft beer and cold snacks that they are welcome to eat while admiring the sea views.
There are several interesting castles with a rich history in the city. First of all, there is the Castello Svevo di Brindisi. The first mention of the castle at this place dates back to the year 1227. The fortification structure at various times played an important role in the defense of the city. Later, in the 18th-19th centuries, the castle was used as a prison, a warehouse, and then it passed under the command of the Navy. Beautiful views to the port of Brindisi open up from here. Near the castle, you can find the Torrione dell'inferno. This tower was built in the year 1484 and is a part of the castle. The structure was built in a cylindrical form.
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Another interesting castle that you should visit is the Castello Aragonese, also called Castello Rosso or Castello Alfonsino. This castle was built in 1481 to protect the city from the east, in place of Benedictine abbey, on a separate island. The building is notable for the fact that the castle has been perfectly preserved up to today, representing a beautiful example of medieval architecture. On the way to the island, you can take a walk through the picturesque port of the city, Marina di Brindisi. Another fortification construction bears the name Bastione San Giacomo. Today, this building belongs to NATO; that is why it is impossible to get inside it. However, anybody can stop to appreciate the building from afar.
Brindisi 7 Picturesque views open up from the Porto di Brindisi; you should definitely arrange a walk for yourself here as a bonus. Nearby you can find a palace, called Palazzo Granafei Nervegna, which is obligatory to visit. The palace was built in the 16th century in the “Renaissance” style. This is however not the most remarkable thing about it – the fact is that today there is a museum there, where many fragments of Roman buildings, antique sculptures and ceramics have been preserved. Nearby is the Area Archeologica di San Pietro degli Schiavoni, from where many ancient artifacts were found. A little closer to the Colonne Romane, you can come across Portico dei Cavalieri Templari. This is what remains from the Knights Templar, and the arch is the entrance to the Museo Archeologico Provinciale “Francesco Ribezzo”.
Loggia di Palazzo Balsamo is another place that should be visited. It is located on the Piazza Duomo and is an excellent example of 14th-century Italian architecture. The unusual shape of its windows and pointed arches with images of birds and animals are quite interesting. Besides the exterior, the loggia draws attention to its rich history. The Tempio di San Giovanni al Sepolcro is an interesting religious monument. This is one of the oldest churches in the city; the time of its construction is dated to the 11th century. You should definitely look at the amazingly beautiful frescoes, as well as learn the history of the church. You can visit the temple at completely no cost.
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Castello Grande
Where: Castello Grande, Brindisi; Telephone: +39 (0) 831 642002.;
Where: Piazza del Duomo, Brindisi; Telephone: +39 (0) 831 565 501;
Monumento Al Marinaio D’italia
Where: Canale Pigonati (north side of harbour), Brindisi;
Museo Archeologico Provinciale
Where: Piazza Duomo 7, Brindisi; Telephone: + 39 (0) 831 565501;
Francavilla Fontana
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Public palaces near Brindisi
♥   Palace 'Palazzo de Félice' Somma Vesuviana, 44.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
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Cathedrals and basilicas near Brindisi
♥   Basilica di S. Maria della Vittoria, San Vito dei Normanni, 19.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basilica Cattedrale di S. Maria Assunta in Cielo, Oria, 28.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basilica del Santissimo Rosario, Francavilla Fontana, 31.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Concattedrale di S. Maria Assunta, Ostuni, 31.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basilica di S. Domenico Savio, Lecce, 36.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basilica di S. Giovanni Battista al Rosario, Lecce, 37 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basilica di S. Croce, Lecce, 37 km from the center. On the map   Photo
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