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Basilica di Santa Croce

Via Umberto I, 3, 73100 Lecce, Italy
+39 340 060 2527
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Ranked #1 of 34 Attractions in Lecce
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Religious Sites
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Seattle, Washington
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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Valencian Country, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014 via mobile

Great light in it. Baroque, but not very charged inside. Spectacular façade plenty of figures. The voluta in the ceiling of the lateral corridors, made of stone leaves are really odd and beautiful.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

The square is beautiful, the church is peaceful and just wonderful to look at. Architecture and Barocco are at their highest expression

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

I have to admit I enjoyed this church more than Duomo. This is the world largest Franciscan church. During St. Francis' youth Assisi was at war with Florence and given that it's astounding that the Franciscans chose to build this magnificent church here instead elsewhere in Tuscany. There are numerous frescos in the church depicting the life of St. Francis.... More

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Reading, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014 via mobile

The Greek columns are still clearly visible, outside and in. The whole building is an example of a "nothing goes to waste" mentality that is completely fascinating. Walking around the exterior is as interesting as fighting your way inside, of time is short!

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Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Lecce has many Churches and they are all beautiful and well worth seeing but the Basilica di Santa Croce is the jewel in the crown.A must see on your visit to Lecce.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

I loved the bascilica. The interiors were beautifully baroque and rococo. The limestone adds a beautiful colour.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

The Basilica Santa Croce or Holy Cross (1695) is a beautiful Baroque church known for more of its facade than the interior. However, inside do not miss the main portal that consists of a pair of Corinthian columns and the coats of arms of Philip III of Spain, Mary of Enghein and Walter VI of Brienne. On the side portals... More

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Farnborough, Hampshire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

Lovely Baroque architecture. Inside, don't miss the paper mache statue, it is stunning. The exterior is currently undergoing restoration so there is scaffolding. Worth a visit.

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Boston
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

A wonderful example of Baroque, the interior decorations are stunning and the exterior is covered with fascinating on almost every single square centimeter but unfortunately is undergoing restoration currently and is therefore partly obscured by scaffolding. If you are in Lecce, a must to visit.

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