Colonna di Sant'Oronzo
Colonna di Sant'Oronzo
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KTGP
Adelaide, Australia5,904 contributions
Apr 2016 • Couples
Colonna di Sant'Oronzo stands 29 metres high and is topped with a statue of St Oronzo. The column, called Colonna Romana, is from 2nd century AD and one of two which marked the end of the Appian Way in Brindisi. The column toppled in 1528 and lay in ruin for over 100 years. When the plague hit Lecce in 1656, they believed St Oronzo, (their Patron Saint) had ended it and wanted to build a monument to him. Brindisi gave Lecce the toppled Colonna Romana for their monument as thanks to Lecce's Patron Saint for saving Brindisi from the plague. The column was transported to Lecce in 1660, (the base still stands beside the other column in Brindisi). Work on the column began 1666 but came to a halt, then was resumed in 1681 and completed 1686. Giuseppe Zimbalo was responsible for the transformation of the column, building a new base, altering both the capital and column, then placing the statue of St Oronzo on top. In 1737 during festivities the statue was destroyed and a new bronze statue was installed in 1739.
Written January 28, 2017
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Mmarymomm
Pleasanton, CA1,738 contributions
Mar 2018 • Couples
Maybe I should say the current patron saint of Lecce since they had a prior one, St. Irene, who lost her patronage when it was recorded that Bishop Oronzo, later St. Oronzo, of Lecce had saved the city from the plague. He stands on his spire in the piazza named after him with his hand out in blessing.
Written April 9, 2018
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williamDLondon
Paris, France58 contributions
Aug 2011 • Couples
after some problem to book a table because of my bad Italian pronunciation (Sant'Oronzo spoken fast seems a very popular insult in Italy as I was told...) we finally get the chance to have a great food experience ! very good wine list, lot of choice "à la carte"
Written July 9, 2012
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René Ramon
Stamford Bridge, UK943 contributions
Oct 2011 • Couples
Made out of wood and covered with copper it looks just like 100% bronze. Standing so high it overlooks the whole of Lecce. Ideal when you walk down the small roads and alleyways!
Written October 22, 2011
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Mira V
Smarje Pri Jelsah, Slovenia347 contributions
Sep 2021
The column bears the statue of the saint St. Oronzo. It is said to have been very important to the town of Brindisi as well and has even caused disputes between the two towns. A nice monument located in a spacious square.
Written October 31, 2021
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happytravellady
Macclesfield, UK935 contributions
Oct 2019
All the buildings in the old town of lecce are worth a look and this is no different. Interesting architecture and worth a stop.
Written December 20, 2019
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SoCalOregonian
Murrieta, CA9,916 contributions
Mar 2019 • Couples
We visited Lecce on 03/19 and the column is covered for renovation. This provides us a reason to return.
Written March 19, 2019
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caraddad
CA76 contributions
Nov 2018 • Couples
Very disappointed to see it is completely covered for cleaning now. No idea for how long so can't say when it will be viewable.
Written December 12, 2018
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Rasputin21
Melbourne, Australia2,194 contributions
Oct 2018 • Couples
When we visited Piazza Sant'Oronzo we looked for the column but could not see it. Suddenly we realised that the plastic wrapped long cube was covering the colonna. It is likely to be under wraps for a while.
Written November 18, 2018
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Chris and Dorot... A
Evanston, IL173 contributions
Oct 2018 • Couples
As of October the entire structure was covered with a picture of what is hidden underneath. You can see it’s twin Roman column minus the saint in Brindisi (marking the end of the Appian Way) where this one originated.
Written October 5, 2018
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