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Puglia, Basilicata, and Calabria Sights

Updated 04/11/2014

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Although Lecce was founded before the time of the ancient Greeks, it's often associated with the term Barocco leccese, the result of a citywide impulse in the 17th century to redo the town in an exuberant fashion. But this was Baroque with a difference. Such architecture is often heavy and monumental, but here it took on a lighter, more fanciful air, and the church of Santa Croce is a fine example, along with the adjoining Palazzo della Prefettura. The facade is a riot of sculptures of saints, angels, leaves, vines, and columns, all in local, glowing, honey-colored stone, creating an overall lighthearted effect.

Sight Information

Address:

Via Umberto I 3, Lecce, 73100, Italy

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Phone:

0832-241957

Sight Details:

  • Daily 9–noon and 5–8

Updated 04/11/2014

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