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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. Plan your visit to Basilica di Santa Croce and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Lecce trip builder.
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  • Are the province of brindisi. I would say that lecce really is the Florence of the South! Seeing her outside alone is spectacular! Then if you go. ... Fabulous! If you go to lecce visit ... and not only this ... firm. the KILLER right
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  • Holy Cross the highest expression of religious architecture in the historic centre of Lecce, witness to a monumental and architectural wealth of inestimable value. The almost maniacal attention to detail make this one of the most famous artistic Baroque basilicas in Italy, the reference element of that Baroque exploded in antica terra d'Otranto! Expression of great artistic and religious culture.
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  • Morning of August .... just sea ... I feel like art ... of food for thought ... I don't have to go far ... next I one of the must of the summer 2016 ... the capital of Salento ... the signorilissima Lecce ... short drive ... parking lot near porta Rudiae. and then a walk into town: from Porta Rudiae. Porta Rudiae a gallery of about seven hundred photographs ... so I'm alone and are not disturbed by anyone. everyone goes about his business and it's so great that tourists can roam without being too bothered ... relaxing ... also the peddlers have the advantage of not being boring. and then go to focus around the narrow streets and squares ... the Chief end of my wanderings you ... the Santa Croce Basilica ... are about to release the latest scaffolding used for cleaning of the façade, part, already it's obvious, at the peak of its splendour ... soon and then will triumph ..., it was a great tribute to us of his fine art Zimbalo ... and the inside is always amazing ... every time you walk through the entrance is always as if for the first time ... is the apotheosis ... guys who show! You remain stunned ... speechless you sees the beauty ... and you never want to go away ... it makes the theory of the chapels of the left and right ones back, pausing in front of the main altar ... I also will include some pictures ... but live, believe me ... is a whole different story ... wow!!
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  • 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!
  • Along with the Cathedral is the most beautiful church in Lecce, an outstanding example of Baroque architecture, a few steps away from Piazza Sant'Oronzo. The exterior is majestic and the Interior has various votive chapels, statues, paintings and Baroque decorations. A must see! Will leave you breathless.
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  • Santa croce Basilica, represents the quintessential Baroque in Lecce. Conceived as an extension of the Palazzo Celestini, the work was begun in 1353, but with the death of Maecenas Builder stopped and you will see only finished in 1699. The façade is divided into three floors because of extraordinary artists who built the façade, it took 40 years to complete because of workers not up to such a laborious project. Of caryatids supporting the façade, allegory of spiritual power but also temporal, to show a city imbued with a sense of reverence for God, but especially a decidedly concrete power Bishop on citizens which subjects even before the faithful. The rose window is majestic, surrounded by pagan Christian images as much as the Baroque style teaches. The stone shows all its charm. Soft as wax just pulled out, allowed artists to shape it easily. Once exposed to the air then becomes hard as travertine, and changeless forever amber marble in its pure whiteness as in the light of the sunset.
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  • Majestic and imposing already from outside you notice l Baroque art give the best. The construction began in 1550 about was completed as we know about a century and a half later about the entrances to the coat of arms of Puglia and on the façade 13 allegorical apotropaic masks type animals with cherubs. The Interior we were unable to visit because in restoration or do not know what
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  • The Basilica of the Holy Cross is the symbol par excellence of Lecce Baroque, a few steps from Piazza Sant'Oronzo. The beauty of this Basilica is unmatched and will leave you breathless just like it happened to me when I saw her for the first time. Take 10 minutes of your time to admire all the details and maybe even bother packing the memory by taking some pictures. Shame about the scaffolding on the outside who turns out to be as an eyesore for many tourists who every day come to admire the beauties of this splendid city. Unfortunately I have not had the opportunity to visit the Interior as I was passing through but I do again next time.
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