Brindisi (Salento) Airport (BDS)

The Castello Svevo or Castello Grande (Hohenstaufen Castle or Large Castle), built by emperor Frederick II. It has a trapezoid plan with massive square towers. The Aragonese added four towers to the original 13th century structure. After centuries of being abandon, in 1813 Joachim Murat turned it into a penitentiary; after 1909 it is used by the Italian Navy. During World War II, it was briefly the residence of King Victor Emmanuel III.

The Aragonese Castle, best known as Forte a Mare (Sea Fort). It was built by King Ferdinand I of Naples in 1491 on the S. Andrea Island facing the port. It is divided into two sections: the Red Castle (from the color of its bricks) and the more recent Fort.

Two ancient Roman columns, symbols of Brindisi. They were once thought to be marking the ending points of the Appian Way; instead they were used as a port reference for the antique mariners. Only one of the two, standing at 18.74 m, is now visible. The other crumbled in 1582, and the ruins was given to Lecce to hold the statue of Saint Oronzo (Lecces patron), because Saint Oronzo was reputed to have cured the plague in Brindisi.

the Duomo (Cathedral), built in Romanesque style in the 11th-12th centuries. What is visible today is the 18th century reconstruction, after the original was desotryed by an earthquake on February 20, 1743. Parts of the original mosaic pavement can be seen in the interior.

Church of Santa Maria del Casale (c. 1300), in Gothic-Romanesque style. The notable façade has a geometrical pattern of gray and yellow stones, with an entrance cusp-covered portico. The interior has notable early-14th century frescoes.

Portico of the Templars (13th century). Despite the name, it was in reality the loggia of the bishops palace. It is now the entrance to the Museo Ribezzo.

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Airport information

  • Address:Brindisi (Salento) Airport (BDS)Contrada BaroncinoBrindisiApulia72100Italy
  • Currency: EUR
  • Language: Italian

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