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Basilica di Santa Croce

Address: Via Umberto I, 3, 73100 Lecce, Italy
Phone Number: +39 340 060 2527
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Lecce City Sightseeing Including Basilica di...
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Ranked #1 of 33 Attractions in Lecce
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Cultural
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

Beautiful example of the incredible, Baroque style of the city. Unfortunately, the facade is under restoration so obscured somewhat by scaffolding - oh well, it has to be done!

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West Hollywood, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

This is one of the many outstanding Baroque churches in Lecce. The facade of this one has many unusual and fanciful creatures. We visited both in the morning and in the late afternoon to note the difference in natural light. Like most everywhere in that region, the church is closed midday. Make sure to adjust your plans accordingly.

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London
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

The churches in Lecce are renowned for their over-the top architectural decoration, but this one beats the lot. It's got to be seen to be believed. Well worth a special visit.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

You must get one of the walking tours from the tourist office to fully appreciate what is going on here. I have docked a point here because it is unfortunately decked out in a lot of scaffolding at the moment.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

This Basilica was both beautiful and over the top Baroque. It is not to be missed. This is one of the sites that gives Lecce the title of the Florence of the South.

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Lisbon, Portugal
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

a stunning piece of art.. You cannot miss it!! you get so absorve with so many details and each of them with a meaning a reason to be !! Fantastic !!

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testelt
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

We first saw this splendid historic building in the evening while walking through the city and went back the next morning, before leaving this town again to make nice pictures in the sunlight. Wonderful architecture .

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

As others have said, undergoing some renovation with rose window currently not visible. Even so,worth the visit. Easy to park nearby outside the zone.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

The basilica is set in a beautiful piazza and the facade has some excellent stonework, although on the occasion of our visit the uppermost tiers were under restoration. Whilst they were interesting they were hardly the hallucinogenic stonemason dreams described in the guidebooks! The interior is understated with quiet reverence, one must remember that this is a 'working' church and... More

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Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Under renovations which affected photos, but still worth seeing. However, one understands the obligation to preserve thesesites.

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