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CANOSA (anc. Canusium)

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Originally appearing in Volume V05, Page 204 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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CANOSA (anc. Canusium), a town of Apulia, Italy, in the province of Bari, situated on the right bank of the Ofanto (anc. Aufidus), 505 ft. above sea-level, 15 m. S.W. of Barletta by rail. Pop. (1901) 24,230. It was rebuilt in 963 below the Roman city, which had been abandoned after its devastation by the Saracens in the 9th century. The former cathedral of S. Sabino (the bishopric passed in 1818 to Andria), in the southern Romanesque style, was consecrated in 11o1: it has five domes (resembling St Mark's at Venice, except that it is a Latin cross, instead of a Greek cross, in plan) and many ancient columns. The archiepiscopal throne and pulpit of the end of the r rth century are also fine. On the south side of the building is the detached mausoleum of Bohemund, son of Robert Guiscard, who died in rill, constructed partly in Byzantine, partly in the local style. It has fine bronze doors with long inscriptions; the exterior is entirely faced with cipollino (Carystian) marble. The conception of this mortuary chapel, which is unique at this period, was undoubtedly derived from the turbeh before a mosque; these turbehs are square, domed-roofed tombs in which the sultans and distinguished Mahommedans are buried (E. Bertaux, L' Art dens l'Italie meridionale, Paris, 1904, i. 312). A medieval castle crowns the hill on the side of which the city stands. (See CANUSIUM.) (T. As.)
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