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Old town Gallipoli: photo description (Centro storico di Gallipoli)

The old town of Gallipoli is on an island connected to the mainland by an arched bridge, which was built in the 17th century. Here you can see the monuments of history and architecture related to the most different epochs, and numerous narrow and winding streets of the center are reminiscent of the era of Moorish domination (about 10th century BC).

Meet the old town of Gallipoli should start with inspection of the Angevin castle, built to protect the city and completely impregnable from the sea. In the past it was accessible only via a suspension bridge. The castle is located in the Eastern part of the city. It dates from the 14th century, although in its long history was rebuilt several times and changed. Originally the castle was square in shape, but the rulers of the Aragonese dynasty was surrounded by a wall fortified with round towers at the corners. Then, in the 15th century, was built a watchtower, and in the 16th century, the castle added a fifth round tower, which was supposed to help defend the building from attacks from the sea. Until the second half of the 19th century the castle remained unchanged, and only then was filled in the moat and suspension bridge dismantled. Today the Maschio Angioino castle still maintains his fighting form, despite the fact that its fifth tower in the summer is used as a cinema, as well as for exhibitions and various cultural events.

Among the main attractions of the old town of Gallipoli Cathedral of Santa Agata. It was built in 1629, the year in the heart of the city, and around it grew over time numerous Palazzo in Baroque style. On the site of the Cathedral once stood another Church, which was originally dedicated to St. John Chrysostom, and in the 12th century began to carry the name of St. Agatha. But this original Church was destroyed. The facade of this Cathedral are made of stone and attracts the attention of various statues depicting St Agatha and other saints. Inside the remarkable Doric columns and the altar of colored marble.

There are some other interesting churches Gallipoli, for example, Church of Carmine, built in the 19th century, the Church of San Domenico al Rosario with five altars, the Church of St. Teresa of Avila and temple of Santa Clara-end of the 16th century with the adjoining convent of Saints Peter and Paul.

Definitely worth a visit the municipal Museum of Gallipoli, founded in 1899, the year, among the unusual exhibits which the teeth of the elephant and rhinoceros, as well as remains of reptiles. In the same Museum there are ancient sarcophagi Massimov era (4th century BC).