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Reviewed June 30, 2019 via mobile

Normally i wouldnt celebrate paper mache but in this church so many things are made of it and if it wasnt pointed out you wouldnt know particularly the ceiling that looks like wood. Amazing its ztill around after all this time

Date of experience: June 2019
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Reviewed June 15, 2019 via mobile

Nice baroque church, not so big, with a nice decorated flat ceiling and richly decorated side chapels. Interesting the story of S. Bernardino, who received the key of the city and is co-protector of the city.

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank aa27
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Reviewed April 30, 2019

This church founded in 1687 on the site of another religious building from 1429. The façade is convex and the lower portion has an elegant entry portal above which is a floral garland supported by to small angels. The façade also has columns and pillars that frame empty niches. The upper façade has a centered window flanked by 2 empty niches. A six-step staircase from street level leads to the entry portal.
In the interior, 3 chapels on each side surround the nave. The high alter has 2 twisted columns with a statue of Saint Clare in the central niche.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank SoCalOregonian
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Reviewed October 12, 2018 via mobile

I found it by mistake just heading to the train station. It was a ceremony inside and i did not want to disturb.

It is very beautiful church! You should really see it. Because of the ceremony, there were a lot of flower decorations, making it even more special.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Mortic
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Reviewed October 1, 2018

Sadly, the lunchtime closures stymied me on this and several other churches during our short day trip to Lecce.
The unusual bottle-shaped church is apparently one of the best Baroque interiors in Lecce. I was sad to miss out on that.
The façade, facing piazetta Vittorio Emanuele, itself is unusual because of its 'incomplete' appearance without a pediment above the flat dentil parapet and the hipped roof screened behind it.
The ornate façade, with columns either side of the plain panelled portal, fluted pilasters all with corinthian capitals, has 6 empty niches with shell vaults and cartouches, the portal with angels, urns and coat of arms, and the window at the upper order with similar floral decoration, without inscription on the cartouche below, all add to the impression that it is missing the final touches.

Loved that detail but so wish to have seen inside.
Try to include on your visit to Lecce.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank stanmansurrey
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