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Basilica di Santa Croce

Place of Worship Salento, Italy

A sumptuous feast of stone Basilica di Santa Croce

The solemn Basilica of Santa Croce is a glimpse you don't expect, a sumptuous feast of stone that unfolds in front of the eyes of whoever strolls along Umberto I avenue, , not far from Sant'Oronzo square, in Lecce, the very symbol of Lecce's Baroque. Built by the count of Lecce Gualtieri VI of Brienne in 1353, it was elevated to Basilica by the Pope Pius X in 1906. The façade is punctuated by a series of columns, featuring a balcony with a balustrade, supported by figured corbels. The triumph of decorations is simply mind-blowing, while at the center of this explosion of low reliefs and sculptures in Lecce stone, a creation by Cesare Penna based on a design by Giuseppe Zimbalo, stands out the large rose window, decorated with floral friezes, bunches of fruits and cherubs.

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Opening Time
    lunedì: 09:00–12:00, 17:00–20:00
    martedì: 09:00–12:00, 17:00–20:00
    mercoledì: 09:00–12:00, 17:00–20:00
    giovedì: 09:00–12:00, 17:00–20:00
    venerdì: 09:00–12:00, 17:00–20:00
    sabato: 09:00–12:00, 17:00–20:00
    domenica: 09:00–12:00, 17:00–20:00

Contacts
+39 0832 241957

Location
Via Umberto I, 3, 73100 Lecce LE, Italia

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