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    The Basilica of San Nicola
    This basilica was constructed in 1087 to house the remains of St. Nicholas.

    Battle of Taranto
    During the night of 11th and 12th November 1940, a battle began in the waters of Taranto in Italy. The Royal Navy of England launched a naval attack on the Italian naval forces. This was the first ship attack to be conducted in the naval history.

    Brindisi Through the History
    Did you know that the city's name was derived from the word Brunda, which means "The Head of a Deer?"

    Castel del Monte
    Learn about the history & architecture of this castle, which was built in the 13th century and was included in the UNESCO World Heritage list in 1966.

    The History of Alberobello's Trulli
    The oldest trulli we know of today are at Alberobello, dating back to the 14th Century. Trulli are traditional Apulian dry stone huts with a conical roof specific to the Itria Valley.

    History of Ceglie Messapica
    Just 40 km from Brindisi is this ancient center that dates back 4000 years ago.

    The History of Salento
    This gives you a brief account of what took place during the various periods of this areas existence.

    How the 800 Martyrs of Otranto Saved Rome
    Eight hundred men were beheaded on the Hill of the Minerva in Otranto for not converting to Islam in 1480. Their sacrifice slowed the Ottoman invasion saving Rome from the same fate that had befallen Constantinople.

    Occupying Puglia: The Italians and the Allies, 1943-1946
    This following Phd Thesis by Amy Louise Outterside, hopes to contribute to the revival of interest in the social history of the civilian in war, by focusing on the region of Puglia in southern Italy from 1943 to 1946.

    Puglia History
    The history of Puglia is one of serial conquest, subjugation and settlement. Its climate and, more importantly, its geographical position have always made it a favourable place to settle, or at least control.

    Via Francigena
    A brief history of the famous Via Francigena. It also includes article by various authors on the route that goes through Puglia.

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