Comune di Bitetto
Coat of arms of Bitetto
Coat of arms

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 / Metropolitan city Bari (BA)
Frazioni Contrada Fratta
  Mayor Fiorenza Pascazio
  Total 116 km2 (45 sq mi)
Elevation 139 m (456 ft)
Population (30 November 2015)
  Total 11,790
  Density 100/km2 (260/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Bitettesi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
  Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 072010
Dialing code 080
Patron saint Jakov of Zadar
Saint day April 27
Website Official website

Bitetto is a town and comune in the Metropolitan City of Bari, Apulia, Italy.

Main sights

The main attraction of Bitetto is the cathedral, dedicated to Saint Michael, 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.

The diocese of which the building was the cathedral was founded at some date between a bull of Pope John XIX in 1025, which does not mention it among the suffragan sees of Bari, and the bull Quia nostris temporibus of Pope Urban II in 1089, which does list it among them. Its bishop Raus, the first whose name is known, took part in the Third Lateran Council in 1179. Its last bishop died on 1 January 1798. In 1818, the see was incorporated into the archdiocese of Bari.[1][2][3] No longer a residential bishopric, Bitetto (Bitettum in Latin) is today listed by the Catholic Church as a titular see.[4]

Twin towns


  1. Michele Garruba, Serie critica de' sacri pastori baresi, Bari 1844, pp. 719-732
  2. Pius Bonifacius Gams, Series episcoporum Ecclesiae Catholicae, Leipzig 1931, p. 859
  3. Konrad Eubel, Hierarchia Catholica Medii Aevi, vol. 1, p. 138; vol. 2, p. 107; vol. 3, p. 134; vol. 4, p. 115
  4. Annuario Pontificio 2013 (Libreria Editrice Vaticana 2013 ISBN 978-88-209-9070-1), p. 851

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