Bitetto

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Bitetto
Comune
Comune di Bitetto
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Coat of arms of Bitetto
Coat of arms
Bitetto is located in Italy
Bitetto
Bitetto
Location of Bitetto in Italy
Coordinates: 41°02′N 16°45′E / 41.033°N 16.750°E / 41.033; 16.750
Country Italy
Region Apulia
Province Bari (BA)
Frazioni Contrada Fratta
Government
 • Mayor Giovanni Iacovelli
Area
 • Total 116 km2 (45 sq mi)
Population (31 October 2008)
 • Total 11,351
 • Density 98/km2 (250/sq mi)
Demonym Bitettesi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 072010
Dialing code 080
Patron saint Beato Giacomo
Saint day April 27
Website Official website

Bitetto is a town and comune in the province of Bari, Puglia, Italy.

Main sights[edit]

The main attraction of Bitetto is the Cathedral, one of the main examples of Apulian Romanesque architecture, built in 1335. It has a sober façade divided by false columns with a big rose window. Of the three portals, the central one has a rich series of sculptures: two stone lions supporting columns with carved capitals showing vegetable motifs; these in turn support is a lunette with basreliefs of Christ and the twelve apostles. The frame has instead scenes from the New Testament. The interior was plastered in the 18th century, but was restored to the original Romanesque style in 1959. It has a nave and two aisles; the transept has three apses.