Behind the Colossus – the emblem par excellence of the city of Barletta – stands one of the most beautiful churches in the city,  the Collegiate Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre. This building which resulted from many construction stages over different periods of time, in addition to showing  its extraordinary beauty,  is closely linked with the Holy Land and the Sepulchre of Jesus Christ. Its strategic position turned it into a destination for numerous pilgrimages both of believers on their way to the Holy Land and of crusaders on their way from the city’s port to Jerusalem. Built on the remains of a pre-existing medieval basilica, the existence of the Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre was attested with certainty by a document from 1130.

The complex is the result of centuries-old architectural and stylistic transformations with a mild Gothic style.

According to the Christian tradition, the church is oriented to the east and was built in a specific location, at the intersection between the road leading to Canosa – connecting Barletta to Rome – and the Via Francigena, linking the city to Siponto. The interior of the Basilica is as remarkable as the exterior. The precious relics from the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem currently located in the chapel above the narthex are true wonders. In short, it is an extraordinarily divine place, where art and spirituality are combined into a beautiful and  not to be missed atmosphere.

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