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Manfredonia: Manfredonia and Daunian stele Tour

1. Manfredonia: Manfredonia and Daunian stele Tour

The tour of Manfredonia with a qualified tourist guide begins with the visit of the Swabian-Angevin-Aragonese castle a few steps from the sea. Here you can visit the interesting archaeological museum of the Daunian Stele, a stone funerary monuments from the eighth to the fifth century A.C. and one of the most interesting museums of southern Italy. The stele are stone sculptures, flat, of variable size, created and disseminated in the Daunian civilization in the form of a parallelepiped slab, from which the head protrudes above. You will be amazed by the beauty of the finds. After the castle the walking tour will visit the equestrian monument dedicated to King Manfred, founder of the city and will continue in the historic center up to the cathedral of San Lorenzo Maiorano built in 1270 and remodelled in the seventeenth century. Inside you can admire the ancient icon of the fifth century of the Madonna di Siponto, patron saint of Manfredonia.

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Siponto: Guided 3D-Reconstruction Experience

2. Siponto: Guided 3D-Reconstruction Experience

After meeting with your qualified tour guide, you will begin from the ancient Siponto. Inhabited since the Neolithic Age, this area has become one of the most important ports of Magna Graecia. Here you will visit the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, and the ancient cathedral of Siponto, a true jewel of Romanesque-Apulian art. Next to the basilica you can see the spectacular 3D reconstruction of the ancient early Christian basilica by Edoardo Tresoldi. 14 meters of braided metal and 7 tons of weight produce a 1/1-scale replica of the early Christian basilica that flanks the splendid medieval Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore. The project changes the landscape of the entire archaeological site and stems from the will of the Ministry for Cultural Heritage and Activities to provide coverage to the mosaic still present on the pre-existing basilica. Built between the 11th and 12th centuries, the ancient cathedral of Siponto is one of the most significant monuments of the Apulian Romanesque: with a square plan, it also has a beautiful crypt as wide as the church itself.

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