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Inside the crypt of Santa Maria della Scala in the Cathedral of Trani.
The Cathedral of Trani is the most prestigious of the apulian city . This is an example of Apulian Romanesque architecture. Although the cathedral is dedicated to the Madonna Assunta, its construction is related to the events of San Nicola Pellegrino, held during the period of Norman domination.
It was built using the material of calcareous tufo typical of the area: the tranese stone extracted from quarries in the city, characterized by a clear pink colour, almost white.
The church is distinguished by its showy transept and to use the arch ogive in step located below the tower, which is not very common Romanesque architecture.
Despite the constant changes over the centuries, partly retains its original character of the lower church, which is an essential part of the whole.
Divided into two units (the crypt of St. Nicholas, which houses the relics of the saint and the crypt of Santa Maria, which dates back to the building above), the lower part follows the plan of the building and is distinguished by the elegance of the Romanesque capitals.

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