Foggia, administrative centre, is situated on the center of the Tavoliere delle Puglie. It was inhabited since ancient times, in past was a landmark for Puglia and the whole south.
The Foggia area includes the Regional Natural Park Bosco Incoronata, a protected area with different practicable paths. Inside of it there’s the Sanctuary of the Crowned Virgin, a pilgrimage site, built in the 50’s in the place from which a farmer of the year one thousand saw the Virgin and built a small votive lamp.
Among the 50 churches, the most important one is certainly the Church of the Virgin of the Assumption, Cathedral of Foggia, important from the religious point of view, but also for art and architecture. Built in 1170 and restored after the earthquake of 1731, has together Romanesque and Baroque features. In the crypt, of medieval origin, there are several frescoes and capitals and there’s the wooden urn of Christ and the statues of the passion. The church also contains the tombs of several bishops.
In the town of Foggia there are many fine buildings, such as Umberto Giordano Theatre, built in 1828, then Ferdinand Theatre, built 100 years later and dedicated to the composer Foggia Giordano. A reference point for the cultural events of the town, has three tiers and decorated statues of kings Francis I and Ferdinand II. Fully renovated in 2014.
One of the oldest buildings is Palazzo Dogana, which dates back to the fifteenth century, which housed the Royal Dogana up to the 800, now is the headquarter of the district and the modern and contemporary art gallery, also hosts temporary exhibitions and events.