Basilica Cattedrale Maria Santissima della Madia

Basilica Cattedrale Maria Santissima della Madia

Basilica Cattedrale Maria Santissima della Madia
4.5
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM, 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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  • Andy F
    Devizes, United Kingdom1,252 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Church
    Squeezed in among so many buildings, this cathedral is hard to get a decent photo from outside. But inside it's amazing. Beautiful main altar, with lots of side altars. The walls and ceilings are richly decorated, and topped with cupolas.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 23 June 2023
  • phat_dawg_21
    Alpharetta, Georgia15,050 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Spectacular Interior
    The Cathedral is dedicated to a relic that emerged from the wreckage of a ship in 1117. As was often the case, the first church was erected near the site of a pagan temple dedicated to Mercury. Work began on this site in 1107, but through a series of unfortunate events including sieges, and the resultant damage, and the lack of roof beams, construction was halted; according to the legend, because of the lack of roof beams. A miracle occurred on the night of December 16, 1117, when a raft carrying an icon of the Madonna drifted into the harbor. The beams from the raft were used to construct the roof. It took until 1442 to complete the Romanesque structure. Two of the three bell-towers were damaged during the siege of the Marquis Del Vasto in 1528. The remaining tower collapsed in 1686, killing forty townspeople. By 1693, a new campanile had been erected. The Baroque structure you see today was constructed in the mid 1700’s. In 1738, an endowment by Bishop Giulio Sacchi called for a refurbishment. The old church was razed, and a new church begun in 1742. Work was completed in Baroque style in 1772. In 1921, the cathedral was declared a minor basilica. In 1986, the dioceses of Monopoli and Conversano were joined, making this a co-cathedral. The inside it's amazing. There is a beautiful main altar, and several significant side chapels. The walls and ceilings are richly decorated. The marble interiors from 1900’s have embellished it, but not all of it is real. As you enter you will see the Chapel of the Beams. Panels tell the story of the construction of the cathedral and the dream of Mercury, a Monopolitan who dreamed that the beams needed to cover the cathedral would arrive from the sea. The raised chapel in the apse which houses the Byzantine Madonna and the double transept, is unique.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 14 September 2023
  • BrakiWorldTraveler
    Belgrade, Serbia18,626 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Spectacular marble interior
    While the bell tower is the town's tallest structure seen from everywhere, the Basilica is packed in old town tiny streets on a small square. Like I witnessed in many places in southern Italy and Sicily, a pretty modest and simple exterior hides spectacular interiors. That's also the case here, in this Baroque Basilica in old town Monopoli - amazing marble art inside with a beautiful altar.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 29 September 2023
  • laczkozsu
    Debrecen, Hungary2,148 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Main attraction of Monopoli
    We took a one-day trip in Monopoli and wanted to visit the main attraction of the town. The Basilica is located in the amazing Old Town, so we found it easily. It was built between 1742-1772 in Baroque style. We read in reviews that „a pretty modest and simple exterior hides spectacular interiors” we wanted to see it. Unfortunatelly it was under renovation, it was closed. We were a bit dissapointed but the town and Puglia is so faboluos, we decided to return in the future.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 13 March 2024
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Vanessa
Lytham St Anne's, UK4 204 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
We've seen so many cathedrals and churches this week, they are all starting to look the same, but this is lovely, tucked away in a side street, so you might just miss it. Lovely square and it's free to get into. Worth a visit whilst wandering the beautiful streets of Monopoli.
Written 7 May 2024
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laczkozsu
Debrecen, Hungary2 148 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
We took a one-day trip in Monopoli and wanted to visit the main attraction of the town. The Basilica is located in the amazing Old Town, so we found it easily. It was built between 1742-1772 in Baroque style. We read in reviews that „a pretty modest and simple exterior hides spectacular interiors” we wanted to see it. Unfortunatelly it was under renovation, it was closed. We were a bit dissapointed but the town and Puglia is so faboluos, we decided to return in the future.
Written 13 March 2024
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jimbo
Norwich, UK1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
Monopoli Basilica is a experience not to be missed, early morning mass was very emotional for us, lots of history attached to the cathedral, and the building a work of art.
Written 1 November 2023
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BrakiWorldTraveler
Belgrade, Serbia18 626 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
While the bell tower is the town's tallest structure seen from everywhere, the Basilica is packed in old town tiny streets on a small square.
Like I witnessed in many places in southern Italy and Sicily, a pretty modest and simple exterior hides spectacular interiors. That's also the case here, in this Baroque Basilica in old town Monopoli - amazing marble art inside with a beautiful altar.
Written 29 September 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

phat_dawg_21
Alpharetta, GA15 050 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples


The Cathedral is dedicated to a relic that emerged from the wreckage of a ship in 1117.

As was often the case, the first church was erected near the site of a pagan temple dedicated to Mercury. Work began on this site in 1107, but through a series of unfortunate events including sieges, and the resultant damage, and the lack of roof beams, construction was halted; according to the legend, because of the lack of roof beams.

A miracle occurred on the night of December 16, 1117, when a raft carrying an icon of the Madonna drifted into the harbor. The beams from the raft were used to construct the roof.

It took until 1442 to complete the Romanesque structure.

Two of the three bell-towers were damaged during the siege of the Marquis Del Vasto in 1528. The remaining tower collapsed in 1686, killing forty townspeople. By 1693, a new campanile had been erected.

The Baroque structure you see today was constructed in the mid 1700’s. In 1738, an endowment by Bishop Giulio Sacchi called for a refurbishment. The old church was razed, and a new church begun in 1742. Work was completed in Baroque style in 1772.

In 1921, the cathedral was declared a minor basilica. In 1986, the dioceses of Monopoli and Conversano were joined, making this a co-cathedral.

The inside it's amazing. There is a beautiful main altar, and several significant side chapels. The walls and ceilings are richly decorated. The marble interiors from 1900’s have embellished it, but not all of it is real.

As you enter you will see the Chapel of the Beams. Panels tell the story of the construction of the cathedral and the dream of Mercury, a Monopolitan who dreamed that the beams needed to cover the cathedral would arrive from the sea.

The raised chapel in the apse which houses the Byzantine Madonna and the double transept, is unique.

Written 14 September 2023
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Keith C
Huntingdon, UK712 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
Possibly as interesting outside in the courtyard as inside. Some great paintings and interesting upper alter(?).
Written 17 July 2023
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Andy F
Devizes, UK1 252 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
Squeezed in among so many buildings, this cathedral is hard to get a decent photo from outside. But inside it's amazing. Beautiful main altar, with lots of side altars. The walls and ceilings are richly decorated, and topped with cupolas.
Written 24 June 2023
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rama1
Melbourne, Australia1 187 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
From the outside there is an impressive facades but nothing remarkable.
Inside it is different . The red granite cladding is very impressive. Top tip is to go down to the crypt and up to behind the high altar.
Written 13 June 2023
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Ed P
Peterborough, UK381 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
A stunning Catheral set in a small square. Great photo opportunities all day as the light and shadow change. The inside is equally stunning, with lots of granite carvings on a huge scale. Free to visit, and you can photograph inside.
Written 26 May 2023
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MILOUW
New York City, NY1 366 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
Sober exterior and glorious baroque interior are the hallmarks of this Church
The Cathedral is dedicated to a relic that emerged from the wreckage of a ship
It is also a testimony to the wealth of the Monopoli city at the time.
Written 15 April 2023
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