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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  • Beautiful Basilica in Lecce and will be even more when it is completed the restoration. We booked a visit to see the facade, hidden by scaffolding very interesting. The Interior is really nice, a moment of meditation in the heart of the city.
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  • Beautiful church with beautiful front on which stands a famous rose window. Too bad it was under restoration and you could see.
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  • A real wedding favor of Baroque, maybe hidden but well indicated, you aren't seeing as much because of work but an absolute delight both internal and external, valid reason to return when will finish the work
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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
  • Facade was under construction, but the well lit interior was interesting.
  • So beautiful at night and during the day
  • 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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