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Trani's architecture of light


Only 23 feet above sea level, Trani boasts an ancient history narrated in its marvelous architecture, art and history. The historic center Trani appears but a maze of tiny streets, Medieval churches, sculptures and Romanesque iconographies. The Swabian Castle, commissioned by Frederick II, stands on the sea, overlooking the city from its position next to the beautiful Cathedral, a typical example of Apulian Romanesque. The Cathedral stands atop two older churches, and preserves a bronze door by Barisano da Trani, the first sculptor to realize his work via bronze melting and reliefs. In the Middle Ages, Trani hosted on of the most important Jewish communities at the time; visitors can find its vestiges in the Giudecca quarter, admiring its four ancient synagogues.