Chiesa di San Matteo

Chiesa di San Matteo, Lecce

Chiesa di San Matteo
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Israel R
Ra'anana, Israel16,126 contributions
One of the most beautiful churchas, if not the "MOST AMAZING ONE" in Lecce. NOT 2 B MISSED.
Aug 2019
The Chiesa di San Matteo building, according to travelers’ guidebooks, is the "Most Daring" Baroque Design building found in Lecce. The exterior of the church is incredibly special and most impressive. The contents of the church is incredibly and extraordinary rich. During our visits in many Italian churches we have visited up to now, this church is "IN THE OPENING FIVE" in all areas. "A must-visit that should NOT 2 B MISSED."
Written July 24, 2020
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SeekerOfGoodValue
Saint Louis, MO333 contributions
Bubbles
Sep 2019
Today, a child outside of a church in Lecce, Italy blew bubbles in the middle of a wedding party. The bubbles blew past the bride and groom towards me. The bride whispered something in her husband's ear, perhaps "I love you" or "I'll love you forever." One of the bubbles floated past me. The child laughed. The bubble popped. It was, then it was not. Each moment is precious. Each bubble reflects a world. Life is a series of bubbles. Enjoy every one. San Matteo is not a sterile example of the baroque. It is the heart of a community. Wouldn't the 17th century architect be happy to know his church is still alive.
Written November 2, 2019
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coconutugly
Marbella, Spain1,290 contributions
It’s all within reach, so do visit it
Jun 2019 • Solo
Lecce is so small and it would a tragedy if you don’t visit it. Interior is typical Salento baroque, also has 12 Apostle statues that were beautiful to see.
Written September 22, 2019
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N7084CIpaulp
Bangkok, Thailand35 contributions
Small interesting church
Sep 2019
This church was included in a ticket for the main 4 churches in Lecce so we included in our tour. Interesting but not very impressive and in need of repair. Interesting was watching the caretakers trying to evict the two pigieons who fly in through the door
Written September 15, 2019
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browney237
Adelaide, Australia375 contributions
My favourite
Jul 2019 • Couples
We bought the pass that gives entry to many of Lecce's churches and Chiesa di San Matteo was the last one we visited. They say to leave the best 'til last.
A little smaller than the other's but impressive. Typical ornate baroque style exterior.
The portrait of Santa Lucia was special to us.
There are also impressive statues of the saints on the walls.
We found the guide in the church particularly helpful in explaining all of the important features of the church.
Written July 29, 2019
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SoCalOregonian
Murrieta, CA9,520 contributions
INTERESTING FACADE
Mar 2019 • Couples
This church built in 1667, replaced a 1500’s chapel dedicated to St. Matthew. The façade is unique in that the lower portion is convex and the upper portion is concave, creating a unique and interesting façade.
Inside it is of a single nave design with the high alter featuring numerous columns with small statues of saints between the columns, In a central niche is a 1691 wooden sculpture of St. Matthew.
Written April 30, 2019
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BeaTravels
London, UK165 contributions
Barroque of Lecce
Aug 2018
Catholic church aslso known by the locals as Santa Maria della Luce. This little church as most of Lecce baroque chuerches bears the fingerprints of Giuseppe Zimbalo.
Written December 17, 2018
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stanmansurrey
Thames Ditton, UK3,387 contributions
Extraordinary baroque masterpiece with exquisite works
Sep 2018 • Couples
Despite having already seen a few examples, this was an extraordinary small church well worth visiting.
Unusual as soon as one arrives along via Federico d'Aragona at the front portal.
What a façade this is - convex at the lower level, concave at the upper level, exaggerated by the cornices; an aedicule( shrine ) above the door with Franciscan Coat of Arms and tile-patterned ground; side niches with faceted ground; a serliana ( arch with openings either side ) at upper level above the door. Decorative corbels, cornices and friezes.
Inside, the wow continues - the small elliptical nave, 12 apostles on plinths line the sides; side altars.
The high altar in an apse with effusive columns and statues of saints either side of a statue of St Matthew the Apostle in the central niche.
Almost overwhelming and even the balcony above the doorway, possibly screening the organ, with a fresco of drapes is beautiful.
An essential visit for lovers of Baroque work.
Written October 2, 2018
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libius2018
Moscow, Russia31 contributions
Chiesa Franciscana a Lecce
May 2018
It is a charch of Franciscanian order in Lecce built in style barocco Romano outside, barocco l Leccese insight. There are some beautiful capellas and magestic main altarpiece. Realy recomend for visiting
Written August 1, 2018
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Andrew S
Ormskirk, UK573 contributions
Interesting smaller church
Jun 2018 • Friends
After the large cathedral and the impressive Basilica, it was good to visit a smaller parish church. Deliciously baroque, and very well cared for. A delight to wander around and soak up the atmosphere, as well as view the different altars and statues.
Written June 27, 2018
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