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Reviewed April 29, 2019

This church, named for the former patron saint of Lecce was constructed starting in 1591 and consecrated in 1639. The façade is composed of a lower section with 4 empty niches and in the center is the entry portal topped with a statue of Saint...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed October 18, 2018

This church was built between 1591 and 1639 to dedicate the city of Lecce's patron saint. Above the statue is the citys emblem, a She wolf and an acorn.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed September 27, 2018

Walking along via Vittorio Emanuele from piazza del duomo to piazza Sant'Oronzo, one passes close by the side of Convento dei Teatini and one can easily ignore the adjoining chiesa di Sant'Irene despite its sizeable bulk. Indeed, as you see the gourmet grocery store, turn...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 22, 2018

The church has been built about four centuries ago and without anything spectacular represents an early broque archtectonic style. It is dedicated to the patron saint of the city.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 21, 2018

Outside this looks as though it has a nice understated attractiveness. However, once inside Inside this is very much baroque ugliness. Whilst you cannot fault the skill and craftsmanship which has gone into the building, its all very much about the power of tge church...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed August 10, 2018 via mobile

It is in central Lecce and has the symbol of the wolf over the door. It is a beautiful church in a town full of beautiful churches. English tours are available.

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed July 29, 2018

The Church of St. Irene was built by the project of Francesco Grimaldi, from 1591 to 1639. The Church was built traditionally in the form of a Latin cross. The Church is famous for the fact that the plebiscite for the entry of Lecce into...More

Date of experience: August 2017
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Reviewed June 25, 2018

It is a chararch of Teatinian Order with abbay in Barocco Luccese style. Infortunately taking pictures inside is prohibited.

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed June 24, 2018

Yet another example of why Lecce is the crowning glory of the Baroque in Italy, the Church of Saint Irene presents a solid front to a beautiful interior.

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed June 22, 2018

Beautiful church inside with lovely ceiling and paintings still an active church and much visited by locals and tourists. Built in to a design by Theatine Francesco Grimaldi and finished in 1639. There are many good paintings including one by Tiso 'Transport of the Ark'...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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