Chiesa di Sant'Irene

Chiesa di Sant'Irene, Lecce

Chiesa di Sant'Irene
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Merrowmum
Guildford, UK977 contributions
Saint Irene was the former patron saint of Lecce, but this church is not as obvious to spot as some in the city. An attractive facade leads in to an equally attractive interior, still highly decorated compared to British churches but quite subdued compared to others in Italy! Our guide took us in specifically to see one of the paintings, by an artist who went on to live and work in England for much of his life. It does shut over lunch, at least in April, so be careful about timings if you want to visit.
Written April 13, 2022
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bigos
Laren, The Netherlands44 contributions
one of the 3 churches to see in Lecce. Very beautiful stonework and possibility to burn a non electric candle
Written November 4, 2015
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Gerry D
Alloa, UK178 contributions
The church of St Irene is actually simpler and thus more beautiful inside than many of the others in Lecce which are so overwhelming that eventually you have had enough of Baroque.
Written October 3, 2019
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Vadim
Murmansk, Russia22,930 contributions
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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 Italy took place here in 1866. The altar of St. Irene is to the left of the transept. Nine sculptures of saints protect it. Christians have several saints with this name. This Irene is famous for its invulnerability. Her father tied her to a horse, she was thrown into a ditch to snakes, sawed with an iron saw. And she still remained alive.
Written July 29, 2018
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Mmarymomm
Pleasanton, CA1,738 contributions
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There are a lot of stories about St. Irene who was martyred around the turn of the 1st century. Somehow, though, she ended up as the patron saint of Lecce and reigned as such until 1656 when Bishop Oronzo saved the city from the plague. It is not clear why he was given credit instead of Irene. Anyway, she was ousted and St. Oronzo became the patron saint of Lecce.

This is a small church in her honor. Like most of the churches in Lecce it is over the top decorated in the Baroque style. Worth a quick look.
Written April 9, 2018
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AlyceM
Memphis, TN119 contributions
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But this is one of the most impressive. Not for size, but that the carvings all around, even in the side chapels, are ornate and lovely. Allow time to just sit and contemplate all the work that had to go into the building of it.
There was, the day we went, a gentleman sitting by the door suggesting that a small contribution be made to support the church. This is common in many churches, not just in Italy, but in France and Spain as well. We are happy to drop a € or two for the opportunity to appreciate and allow others to continue to appreciate such a spiritual place.
Written October 5, 2016
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Whittlesford
Haselbury Plucknett, UK490 contributions
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For those of us whom the local guidebook regard as Lutheran heretics, this church is a splendid statement from the counter-reform. Huge and airy, baroque but restrained, it celebrates a lady who was dethroned as Lecce's saint, apparently because she was a Byzantine saint and good old Oronzo was thought more suitable. There is no St Oronzo's church in Lecce, though he is the city's patron.
Written July 9, 2015
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Eric D
Turin, Italy242 contributions
Couples
Had to visit it for my mom. It's really worth to walk the few steps from Piazza Sant' Oronzo to this church. The two side altars are really special. Beware of self-appointed guides even if they seem knowledgeable.
Written April 29, 2012
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Haebee
Singapore, Singapore762 contributions
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The saint was a courageous lady who was martyred for her faith. The church has many detailed and beautiful carvings and sculptures n frescoes. I particularly loved the singing on the right with many flying baby angels. Such a delight! It’s wooden ceiling seemed unfinished. Altogether a charming church!
Written November 3, 2019
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sbizzle
Ludlow, UK1,472 contributions
After the visual overkill of the inside of the duomo, the inside of st. Irene is far more subdued and relaxing.
There is still swathes of baroque plasterwork, but it is more uniformly pale and in a very large space.
I enjoyed this church more than many.
Written October 24, 2019
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