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Puglia, Basilicata, and Calabria Sights

Santa Croce

  • Via Umberto I 3 Map It
  • Lecce
  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine
  • Fodor's Choice

Updated 03/27/2015

Fodor's Review

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, Apulia, 73100, Italy

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Phone:

0832-241957

Sight Details:

  • Daily 9–noon and 5–7

Updated 03/27/2015

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