Basilica di Santa Croce, Lecce

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Built over what was once a marshland, Basilica di Santa Croce is known as the Temple of the Italian Glories. Florence's most prestigious names--including Machiavelli, Michelangelo, Galileo, and Rossini--are entombed here. This is the largest Franciscan church in the world, with 16 chapels that are decorated with frescoes by Giotto. Look for the Star of David over the cathedral's entrance. Jewish architect Nicolò Matas added it in the late 19th century. He designed the marble facade and wanted to be buried among his peers inside the church--but because of his faith, he was buried under the porch outside the church walls. The remains of convent buildings are next to the cathedral. In the old dormitory, you leather-crafting artisans make wallets, belts, and purses that are sold in the shop next door. Use our Lecce trip maker app to add Basilica di Santa Croce and other attractions to your Lecce vacation plans.
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  • The Basilica is engaged in a complex of churches in the historic centre of a beauty that leaves you speechless. The visit took place shortly before the end of the restoration outside but had already seen the beauty of Baroque. To see and review.
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  • the basilica of santa croce is a must in the historic centre of lecce. must see inside. Now under restoration
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  • The vision of the basilica fills the eyes and creates a magical atmosphere to tourists. One of the things to do in lecce
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  • Baroque church, airy and light, not overburdened, yet only few simple windows. Rich decorations. Most admirably the coats of arms of Italy s powers at their time
  • Façade is being renovated, but the inside is magic
  • Facade currently under renovation. To be seen when in Lecce
  • Facade was under construction, but the well lit interior was interesting.
  • Lecce is overall beautiful, but this is for sure one of the jewels. Must see. Pay attention to the facade and figurines of gargoyles, lions, griffins etc. - purely amazing!

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To enjoy Lecce's medieval architecture, consider staying at a B&B in the town center. Elegant on the outside and comfortable on the inside, B&Bs in this area offer airy rooms and modern conveniences suitable for every budget. If you wish to avoid the crowds of the city's central areas, explore the lodgings offered by private guesthouses on the edge of town. Located in quiet residential zones, they provide access to private outdoor spaces and secure parking, just a short drive from the old town's shops and restaurants.
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