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Andria: photo description (Andria)

Andria is the fourth largest city in the Italian region of Apulia, the administrative center of the province of Barletta-Andria-Trani, established in 2009 year. This is, primarily, an agricultural centre, where we grow olives, grapes and almonds. Also a very developed services sector.

About the origins of Andria there are different versions. The first written mention of it is found in the 915-m to year - then it was the so-called "Casale", a small village, were in subjection to a more developed Trani. The status of the city of Andria was only in the mid-11th century, when the Norman count Peter enlarged the territory of the settlement and strengthened him. In the 14th century, during the reign of the Anjou dynasty, Andria became a Duchy. Then she came under siege, first from the Germans and the Lombards, and in 1370, the year - by the troops of Queen Giovanna I of Naples. In 1431, the year the ruler of Andria Francesco II del Balz discovered the remains of St. Richard Andreykovo, the current patron of the city, and established the celebration in honor of the Saint, which is celebrated today, from 23 to 30 April. Then, in 1487, the year, the city became the property of the Aragonese dynasty, and still later, in the mid-16th century, was sold to Fabrizio carafa of the family which usually Andrea until 1799, the year when the city was besieged by French troops.

Andria was one of the favorite cities of the Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II in the 13th century was built 16 km from the city majestic and mysterious Castel del Monte, made in 1996-m to year in the UNESCO world Cultural Heritage site by UNESCO.

Among the other attractions of the city include the Cathedral of the 12th century crypt of the 7th century, the Palazzo Ducale of the 16th century and the Palazzo Comunale, the Church of San Domenico, built in the 14th century and several times rebuilt, the Church of Sant'agostino, built by the Teutonic knights, and the Church of San Francesco 12th century, with fine cloisters. One of the oldest temples Andria is the Church of Santa Croce, carved in the 9th century in the rock of volcanic tuff. 2 km from Basilica of Santa Maria dei Miracoli, which houses the most revered Byzantine icon the 9-10th centuries.