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Guided Tours of Lecce

Guided Tours of Lecce


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The Cathedral
In 1659 the bishop Luigi Pappacoda set the first stone of the new religious building, that rose on the area of a proceeding church (1230) which was demolished at his will. Joseph Zimbalo, the entrusted architect, completed the construction in 1670, but many years were needed before the insides were completed.
The church, in the shape of a latin cross, has three aisles with side chapels, an ample transept with chapels to the extremity of the arms and the apse flanked from the other two chapels.

Church of S. Croce
The construction of the church crosses three separate phases. From 1549 to 1582, year of the consecration when the realisation of the inside of the church happened by the project of the architect Gabriele Ricciardi. The second phase (1606) was the realization of the three external portals, of the great altar and that of S.Francesco of Paul (1614). The third and last phase coincides with its completion in (1614).
Among its artistic works is the baby jesus statue created by a teacher of leccese papery and a painting which represents S.Cataldo of the XIX sec. by Alexander Calabrese. Both are found on the left side of the sacristy.

Church of S. Irene
Completed in April of 1639, the building has an elegant and stylishly composed façade derived from architecture of '500 Rome. There are corinthian columns, sculptures, coats of arms, drip edges and decorative motives in stone are made by two overlapped types of architecture. In the centre among two Corinthian columns, the plastic nucleus of the portal is surmounted by the statue of S. Irene (ancient protectress of the city), created by Mauro Manieri (1717).

Church of S. Chiara
The construction of the church was commenced in 1687 and finished in 1692 and served as a monastic convent until 1866. The entrance of the church is preceded by a brief stairway; garlands, frames, decorations, medallions and trabeations act as links between the first one and the second type of architecture that comprises the portal.


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