Taranto - Former Convent of San Domenico

POLO MUSEALE DELLA PUGLIA
Opening days and times: Monday-Friday 8.30-18.30; Saturday 8.30-13.00
Closed: Sunday; Ticket office: Monday-Friday 8.30-18.15; Saturday 8.30-12.45; 
Taranto (TA)
Address: via Duomo, 33
CAP: 74100
+39 099 4713511
Email: sabp-le@beniculturali.it
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Description

The former Convent of St. Domenico Maggiore is located in the heart of Taranto’s old city. The island was settled by the Spartans in 706 BC. It was built in the 14th century A.D. and is currently the home to the Superintendence for Archaeological Heritage of Apulia. The cloister was restored between the seventeenth and eighteenth century in a wide archaeological area that has been inhabited since the prehistoric times. It is decorated with a series of arches supported by columns decorated with capitals with angular leaves. You can see the foundation of a temple built on the acropolis of the Greek colony ofTaranto in the sixth century. B.C., and other remains of the building. Two fragments of architrave, re-used in the Gothic façade of the convent, proves there was Roman presence at the site.