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Gravina di Puglia

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A panorama of the Cathedral and the river Gravina.

Gravina di Puglia is a charming river-side town in the Italian region of Apulia. Its history goes far back to Roman times and the town boasts a number of historic sights. It's also known for its April Saint George's Fair, which has been held here since 1294 and is one of the oldest fairs in Europe.

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  • Cathedral of Gravina. Dating back to the 11th century, the town's Romanesque cathedral was constructed by the Normans. It houses an arm of the English Thomas Becket as a reliquary, which -according to legend- was obtained by Bishop Roberto in 1179.
  • The Roman Bridge. A well-preserved example of a Roman bridge is located just out of town.
  • Castle ruins. Nicely located at the top of a hill, this now ruined castle once belonged to Fredrick II. It is believed to have been used primarily as a hunting mansion, for bird hunts.

Other notable sights include the Baroque church dedicated to Madonna delle Grazie and the late 15th century Church of San Francesco.

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