Castel del Monte - Andria
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the Land of Bari
The land of Bari, an old huge territory dipped in wanderful sweep of ancient olive groves, keeps intact numerous beauties and cultural and landscape rarities.

Castel del Monte
Castel del Monte, haunting residence of Frederick II, dominates the apulian landscape from one of the highest ranges of the Murge. Masterpiece of the Swabian architecture in Apulia, with an octagonal plan, reminds the 8 gold leaf of the “Reichkrone”, the imperial crown of the X century. The octagonal plan is also repeted in the 8 towers inserted in the corners of the central body.

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Trullo Sovrano - Alberobello
Trulli - Alberobello
Witnesses of the folk society and symbol of the human presence on the territory, the Trulli tell a story both fascinating and mysterious, half way between the reality and the legend.Used both as habitation and shelter for the cattle, with their unmistakable pinnacles, they are stone constructions with the absolute prohibition of using mortar.
This permetted a rapid and easy dismantling, in case of control from the government authorities charged with the collection of taxes on the habitations.

They are often decorated with astral symbols or with holy and profane drawings that have an esoteric significance connected to an archaic cult.
Apotropaic Masks- Valenzano
Apotropaic Masks - Valenzano
Apotropaic Masks
The origins of the apotropaic masks, carved in stone, go back to the genesis of man. Extreme expression of the popular religiousness and of the folk society, they found their right placement on the architraves of the entrance of the habitations and they had not only a decorative function but also propitiatory of fecundity, welfare and fertility and they turned away the evil eye.

The subjects mainly represented were: floral and botanic symbols, animals, monsters from the mythology and human figures.
Church Ognissanti Valenzano
The church of Ognissanti di Cuti is a little Benedictine monastic building with a longitudinal plant with a nave and two side aisles ending with three semicircular apses. It has no transept. It was founded in the XII century by the abbot Eustachius of the order of Saint Benedict. It is the only well preserved apulian romanic church among the others, with three domes. The church of Ognissanti is in the countryside around Valenzano, two km far from it.
church Ognixxanti di Cuti - Valenzano
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