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Chiesa Matrice, Maruggio

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  • The Church of all saints, which currently occupies the West side of Piazza IV Novembre, was built in its present condition, following the collapse which occurred on 31 January 1649, between 1650 and 1660, by architect mesagnese Francis Capodieci, with additions of brother Francis of Cupertino and Dang leccese Antonio Leccisi. According to historian Carpenter Maahe, the previous church dedicated to three Saints Eleuterio Bishop, Anthia and Coroebus would be erected there where was the Byzantine Chapel of St. Nicholas Vallejo. Later renamed and dedicated to all saints, would suffer a new thread in 1580 with the proposition of the entrance facing East. Subject to various modifications, the current building was designed in 1650 by the priest mesagnese Francis Capodieci, by brother Francis of Cupertino and the cleric mesagnese Antonio Leugio. It is a Latin cross church with a single nave. The façade is made up of three architectural orders, surmounted by a pediment, which make it a truly majestic Church. The first order consists of six Ionic pillars, in which gaps there are four niches with four Apostles. The 16th-century main portal is supported by four Doric columns with Corinthian capitals, which in the lower part are carved with plant motifs and anthropomorphic robots. It ' surmounted by statues of St. Oronzo (mistakenly listed in the lintel as s. Eleuterio) and Anthia and Coroebus, traditionally (incorrect) martyred in Mesagne. The portal was retrieved and placed in the 17th century façade. The second order is Corinthian pilasters, and among the six who continue those of first order, there are other four Apostles. The third order is of composite type and contains statues of other four Apostles. In the middle there is a bas-relief depicting the Madonna del Carmine. In the tympanum there is the coat of arms of Mesagne in bas-relief; above the tympanum there are four angels that were wing to the statue of Christ, destroyed by lightning in the late nineteenth century. The Church was built on the Byzantine Chapel of St. Nicola Vallejo, during the second colonization (10th century) and it is said that at the time was dedicated to three Saints: Eleuterio, Anthia and Choroebus. Then, around 1450 (as the historian C.A. Ma) was restored and dedicated to "all saints". Around 1580 he was again renovated, at the expense of the University (the city), at the urging of Bishop mesagnese Lucantonio Remains. On that occasion was probably redirected East, whereas before the entrance was the West side of the Castle. On 31 January 1649 the Church collapsed and was rebuilt between 1650 and 1660. In 1766, when the roof was transformed in the 17th century façade was avoided the dismantling by the architect. G. Palmieri of monopolies. Located within the ten open niches on the facade and three orders with St. Peter and St. Paul places on the terminals of the angular pilasters, the series of twelve statues representing the Apostles reveals patterns corresponding to a single compositional logic, while differentiated in lineament and reference attributes. Almost all subjects are easily identifiable by the eloquent attributes accompanying them; the three identifications remain unresolved missing statues iconographic attribute. It is to be supposed that the representations of the twelve apostles, which probably allude to the dedication of the Church of all saints, was built in the circle of ' master ' salentini operating in the factory of the 17th century from the late 1950s documentary records indicate Richard Maingi, Gianmaria Biasi and Dominic Callahan. The architectural complex consists of the Church, crypt, sacristies, the Chapter House, Garden, Atrium of campanile, Bell Tower and Parish Office. Despite various transformations, the present structure is consolidated between ' 600 and ' 700. The plan is a Latin cross, with arms to be very short compared to the nave; the high altar divides the choir and the presbytery, reached by two stairways from the transept. Are high eight steps than the aisle due to the crypt, which is accessed from a central staircase. Times of various shapes are covering the transept and nave and an ellipsoidal dome is located at the intersection of the arms. Along the walls of the nave there are five chapels, two CALs are in the transept. The 18th-century baptismal font is enclosed in the larger Chapel, located at the entrance. The vestry is next to the presbytery; This leads to a Hall to the West, in which met the chapter of priests. The garden, purchased by the chapter in 1624, overlooking the beautiful piazza del Balzo Orsini. Place higher than the floor of the Central Hall, the altar in polychrome marble eye catcher for those who come into the Church, suggesting the Majesty of the same. Was the noblewoman Caterina Maeda commissioned to Giuseppe Cino, sculptor leccese, the real ...
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  • I often stay in this church and I leave always serene quiet that I find, I recommend everyone to visit it
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  • Small church that bears the legacy of the commandery of the Knights of Malta, an unusual step in the conformation of the aisles. Outside the narrow streets of the old town full of locals and angles of Enchantment
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