Chiesa di Ognissanti, Trani

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  • Very old structure. Former church of the Franciscan monks who lived in Trani till they got expeled by the new Italian government at about 1865  more »
  • Trani belies the fact that its a territory much contested and you can feel the frisson in its architecture. This Templar Romanesque church is hemmed in by lesser buildings. Behind is the core of the.....  more »
  • As with most of the Romanesque monuments, the problem of dating related to the scarcity of documents arises also for the Church of Ognissanti. Its foundation should still be traced back to the first decades of the TWELFTH century. Like the Cathedral, the church is also reached along the road that descends from the main square towards the port, overlooking the sea. Among all the buildings of Puglia is the only one to have kept the porch, still in good state of preservation. The Avancorpo is divided into two naves transversal with respect to the axis of the church and is surmounted by rooms of dwellings that prevent an overall view of the façade. The entrance is made up of four arches surmounted by a double ring of four round arch, supported by three pillars and a column. Inside, two columns of granite and a cruciform pillar, surmounted by capitals and semicircolar carved stone that support eight times a cruise. In correspondence with the aises of the church are the three entrance doors with finely decorated lunettes. The main portal, made with carry marbles of various shades of grey, is narrow between two semicolumns with figurative capitals and gives almost nothing to the ornamental motifs except in the bezel. The semicircular Central apse has a conical roof with steps and is adorned on the upper side by a series of hanging arches. The two lateral absidioles are simpler. The Interior follows the basilical layout typical of the buildings of the epoch, with three aisons divided by six columns of granite, surmounted by capitals on which lie arches with double lunata ring. The Central ship, very developed in height, has a wooden cover, restored after the restoration of 1934, while the two side shuttles are covered by cruises. The windows on the upper walls of the nave, the mullioned placed on the northern side and the mullioned of the lateral absidioles, contribute to illuminating the interior. The Church is embellished by two works of the SIXTEENTH century: an icon of the Madonna and Child and a triptych Madonna and Saints, S. Nicola Pellegrino and S. Nicola di Bari.
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  • Located in the most historic part of the city, the Church of All Saints, it is also known as the Church of the Knights Templar, and is a magnificent example of Romanesque architecture in Puglia. Its construction dates back to the first decades of the 12th century. The Temple belonged to the Templars until 1312. From 1378 onwards, the Church of All Saints became a Gentile Chapel, as well as a place of worship, exclusively for the most noble families of the city, whose coats of arms are still visible today, displayed above the entrance to the Sacrestia. The Church, in front of the entire facade, consists of a large Portico protected by a dark wrought iron gate, which connected it to the ancient hospital of the Knights Templar. But, over the years, It has undergone numerous transformations and expansions, such as the rise of the Central Navata and the Absidi; the realization of the magnificent Portal, and the cover of the side aisles with cruising vaults. This Church, has three Portals, and the Major Portal, is between two columns with capitals richly carved in garland, and in whose bezel is represented the Annunciation. The interior, completely made of raw stone, is divided by three granite columns, topped, also, by recall capitals, very well worked and well finished. In the right nav, a wooden crucifix of enormous importance, it excels over the entire sacred place. Overlooking the port, the valuable absidal part with the soaring campanile on the sea, visible from afar, stands out. The Church of All Saints, despite its historical value, is of a rare beauty, and of a unique simplicity truly, and that still retains today, that charm of "other times, timeless in those places, and that should be visited, and internalized, just to keep their memory!
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