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Massafra is the greatest center of the western province of Taranto, located on the magnificent and picturesque ravine of San Marco. The uniqueness of Massafra is that, unlike other places where the landscsape rock is out of the city, here is appreciated that the steps are living simultaneously and you can have a look from the three bridges linking the two parts of the city . Is the city that preserves the greatest number of churches and crypts of the Basilian era of Puglia, of which we only report the Sanctuary of the Madonna della Scala, in the end of the homonymous ravine (which is reached by a staircase of 125 steps), San Antonio Abate, San Marco, la Madonna della Candelora, ecc. Not far from the sanctuary, following a path into the ravine, we find a series of interconnecting caves, where monks used to store medical herbs (from here the name of Pharmacy of magician Greguro). A particular historical interest has the different assortment of churches in Massafra, from Byzantine to recent developments 70s and 80s, and apart from the abovementioned Santuario della Madonna della scala, we can remember the Baroque church of San Benedetto and the Cathedral of San Lorenzo , Cathedral of Massafra which, together with ravines and the castle is a symbol of the city because of the dome that dominates the town. Another place to visit is the castle, perched on top of the ravine of San Marco was built in XIV century on the foundations of an earlier building, probably Norman. Among the most important events to remember is certainly the Carnival of Massafra, that is one of the most popular carnival in Puglia.