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Taranto has an ancient heart that beats between the two seas (Mar Piccolo and Mar Grande) and which have earned him the nickname of “city of two seas.” Always the most important basis of the Navy, Taranto live in close relationship with the sea which is the dominant feature of the city, whose origins are lost in legend. The majestic swing bridge is the symbol of Taranto, which connects the island’s of the old town to the new town beyond the tube that connects the Mar Grande in Mar Piccolo. It is periodically opened by rotating the two halves on one side, to allow the passage of large naval vessels. Next to the swing bridge in the old city, stands the Aragonese castle, a majestic of defense. The old part of Taranto is perched on an island that is linked to the new city by two bridges and into the heart of ancient city you can discover the magic of narrow lanes and squares of light, the elegant architecture of houses and roads, through which you can reach the Cathedral of San Domenico of Roman age with Byzantine crypt. The treasures of Taranto, colony of Sparta, sumptuous capital of Magna Grecia, are kept in the National Archaeological Museum. Inside the museum you will find a vast collection of ceramic and terracotta of breathtaking beauty and a section dedicated to the art of the goldsmith Taranto Hellenistic (IV – II century BC.). You can also visit in the new part of the city, the Concattedrale that was built in 1970 designed by the famous architect Gio Ponti, dedicated to the great Mother of God. In the project realized, the place of worship must have a close relationship with the maritime tradition of the Ionic capital . The facade, in fact, represents a “sail” that reflects the three water tanks placed in the square opposite, namely the sea. To remember during the Easter holidays is the Catholic rite of Holy Week, which is passed unchanged for three centuries and still involves the whole city and tourists.