Bisceglie

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Bisceglie
Comune
Comune di Bisceglie
The harbour
The harbour
Coat of arms of Bisceglie
Coat of arms
Bisceglie is located in Italy
Bisceglie
Bisceglie
Location of Bisceglie in Italy
Coordinates: 41°14′35″N 16°30′19″E / 41.24306°N 16.50528°E / 41.24306; 16.50528
Country Italy
Region Puglia
Province Barletta-Andria-Trani (BA)
Government
 • Mayor Francesco Carlo Spina (Scelta Civica)
Area
 • Total 68.48 km2 (26.44 sq mi)
Elevation 16 m (52 ft)
Population (30 September 2012)[1]
 • Total 54,815
 • Density 800/km2 (2,100/sq mi)
Demonym Biscegliesi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 76011
Dialing code 080
Patron saint Sts. Maurus, Sergius and Pantaleon[2]
Saint day First Monday in August
Website Official website

Bisceglie (pronounced: bēshĕl´yēā) is a town and comune on the Adriatic Sea, with a population of c. 54,000, in the province of Barletta-Andria-Trani, Apulia (Italian: Puglia), southern Italy.

According to a theory, in Roman times there would have been a settlement here called Vigiliae (Vigil). The modern city was founded by the Normans in the 11th century and enlarged under the Aragonese dynasty of Naples in the 15th century.

Main sights[edit]

  • Church of Santa Margherita, in Romanesque-Apulian style (12th century), with fine canopied tombs of the Falcone family[3]
  • Norman castle and tower
  • Abbey of S. Adoeno (11th century)
  • Cathedral (13th century)
  • grottoes of Santa Croce
  • 4 dolmens

Also notable is the naturalistic area of Pantano-Ripalta.

Notable people[edit]

Transport[edit]

Bisceglie railway station links the town with cities such as Rome, Bologna, Ancona, Foggia, Bari, Lecce and Taranto.

Neighbouring communes[edit]

Corato, Molfetta, Ruvo di Puglia, Terlizzi, Trani.

External links[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Population data from Istat
  2. ^ Source for patrons: http://www.comuni-italiani.it/072/009/index.html
  3. ^ Public Domain Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Bisceglie". Encyclopædia Britannica 3 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 992.