The old medieval town of Monopoli was a flourishing port in Byzantine and Normans times. The town was also occupied by the Venetians and later by the Spanish.
The old town is still surrounded by bastions built by the Aragonese. During the Baroque period various churches and palaces were built.
What to see
The Cathedral of Monopoli was built in 1107 but completely rebuilt in the XVIII century in Baroque style. Inside there are some interesting paintings by various artists such as Carlo Rosa and Palma the Younger. Inside the sacristy there is a museum that houses some fragments from the earlier Romanesque church.
Castle of Charles V
The castle of Monopoli, located near the coast, was built by the Aragonese. It is of polygonal shape with round towers and originally separated by the ancient medieval town. It was enlarged in he XVII century and houses today art exhibitions and cultural events.
Church of Santa Maria Amalfitana
The Church of Santa Maria Amalfitana was built in the XII century on the site of an earlier settlement. It has a interesting facade in Baroque style.
Other interesting places
Among other interesting places to see the Church Del Purgatorio, the Church of San Domenico, the Church of Sant'Angelo and the frescoed crypt of San Piscopio, one of the most beautiful underground churches of Puglia.
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Monopoli tourist information
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Towns in Puglia