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TRANI PORTO NOVEMBER 2006

 

 

 

TRANI

 

Crusader assembly port - major medieval port with a significat\nt Jewish community

 

Trani Cathedral (2003)

Trani Cathedral (2006)

Bronze Doors of Trani Cattedrale (c1180)

Templar Church of Ognissanti

Medieval Porto - Winter Dawn (2003)

Medieval Porto (2006) (this page)

Trani Restaurants & Hotel

Frederick II's Castello at Trani

 

 

The North side of the medieval  Porto di Trani.  Just to the left of centre (not the monstrosity to the right of centre) is the 1100s church of Ognissanti (below), which now backs onto the narrow laned medieval ghetto area.  Trani had one of the biggest Jewish communities in southern Italy, who in their heyday operated an Emperor granted silk monopoly.  Back in the 1100s the church actually stood at the corner of the grounds of a large Knights Templar hospital, and was built as its chapel.  Trani was a major embarkation and revictualling point for the crusades of the 1100s and 1200s. The quality of the apse window decorations and the interior furnishings, indicate that this was no ordinary little port chapel.

 

LINK TO PHOTOS OF THE KNIGHTS TEMPLAR CHURCH OF OGNISSANTI

 

 

Trani Porto waterfront on the night of Ognissanti (the November 1st festival) - a balmy public holiday when Italians adorn the graves of their ancestors with flowers and have big family lunches (below below)

 

 

Long family Ognissanti (November 1) lunch at the restaurant of the Regia Hotel - great platters of steaming pasta dishes to tables of up to 20 family members of all age groups.   And on the right the head waiter Gabriele, who just said "leave it to me, OK?" and the Dom did and the result was very good, both on this occasion and for a later in the week dinner for the local Carabiniere command, when the Dom was sneaked in to a side table. 

 

LINK TO TRANI RESTAURANTS

 

 

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