Fodor's Expert Review Santa Croce

Lecce Historical
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Although Lecce was founded before the time of the ancient Greeks, it's often associated with the term Barocco leccese, the result of a citywide impulse in the 17th century to redo the town in an exuberant fashion. But this was Baroque with a difference: generally, such architecture is heavy and monumental, but here it took on a lighter, more fanciful air, and the church of Santa Croce is a fine example, along with the adjoining Palazzo della Prefettura. The facade is a riot of sculptures of saints, angels, leaves, vines, and columns—all in glowing local honey-color stone, creating an overall lighthearted effect.

Historical Free Church

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Via Umberto I 3
Lecce, Apulia  73100, Italy

0832-241957

basilicasantacrocelecce.it

Sight Details:
Rate Includes: Church €6; LeccEcclesiae ticket €9.

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