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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  • You find yourself suddenly in his Majesty, coming out from an alley, in a context where the Baroque art is the host; impossible to put into words the emotions, not to be missed
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  • Great example of Baroque would be a shame to miss it, certainly three of the most beautiful churches of Lecce
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  • The interior is amazing, but all its façade is in restoration. I think that it should report to the tourists in the most proper not to be upset.
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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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