Basilica di Santa Croce

Basilica di Santa Croce, Lecce

Basilica di Santa Croce
4.5
Historic Sites • Architectural Buildings • Religious Sites • Churches & Cathedrals
09:00 - 12:00, 17:00 - 20:00
Monday
09:00 - 12:00
17:00 - 20:00
Tuesday
09:00 - 12:00
17:00 - 20:00
Wednesday
09:00 - 12:00
17:00 - 20:00
Thursday
09:00 - 12:00
17:00 - 20:00
Friday
09:00 - 12:00
17:00 - 20:00
Saturday
09:00 - 12:00
17:00 - 20:00
Sunday
09:00 - 12:00
17:00 - 20:00
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askok
Rotterdam, The Netherlands496 contributions
Favorite church for exterior
Sep 2020
This was my favorite church based on the exterior. The details are amazing and there is so much to spot on the whole building, from top to bottom. Make sure to stop here.
Written 8 November 2020
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Dan S
Maidstone, UK79 contributions
Beautiful Church
Aug 2020 • Family
Mad carved facade. You can stand and watch for ages finding lots of different things. Interesting inside too
Written 5 August 2020
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Israel R
Ra'anana, Israel16,126 contributions
The most beautiful Baroque church that the city of Lecce offers to those who come to visit.
Aug 2019
The construction of the Basilica di Santa Croce began around 1353 and lasted about 150 years. The facade of the church is carved and sculpted in a wealth of flowers, saints and a variety of animals and figures, an incredible wealth.
Someone has already written in one of the tourist guide books that at sunset when the church is lit, it looks just like "a wedding cake that got out of the baker’s control".
Inside the basilica there are an abundance of chapels, altars, murals stunning in beauty and another spectacular selection of amazing artistic treasures. A site that is a must for any art lover (and even for those who are not). NOT 2 B MISSED.
Written 27 July 2020
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GRS-SJS
Sebastopol, CA1,284 contributions
Art in the form of buildings
Oct 2019
Lecce is a true center piece of Baroque architecture. The Basilica a excellent example of this style. You really need to stand and study the building with your eyes as you would a piece of art.
Written 26 February 2020
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showmemo61
Jefferson City, MO721 contributions
Amazing
Oct 2019
The architecture on the front of this Basilica is just amazing. Luckily, we had a guide to explain the intricacies of this ornate facade. Compared to the outside, the inside is definitely less ornate yet beautiful.
Written 11 February 2020
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Pardo M
Montreal, Canada130 contributions
Gorgeous and divine
Jan 2020 • Couples
Beautiful basilica in the heart of old town Lecce. Magnificent example of baroque architecture. A marvel to witness.
Written 30 January 2020
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FrequentFlyer289333
292 contributions
A must see in Lecce
Dec 2019 • Friends
What a beautiful church!!! Loved the baroque architecture and the facade, the rose window is amazing! Definitely impressive.
We bought the ticket that included the visit to the Duomo, the Seminary Museum and St. Croce, definitely worthy.
Written 29 December 2019
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happytravellady
Macclesfield, UK914 contributions
Beautiful building
Oct 2019
The architecture in the old town in stunning and this building is no different. It is well worth a visit as part of your wander.
Written 20 December 2019
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JTJD
United Kingdom659 contributions
Wow!
Sep 2019 • Couples
After arriving in Lecce for the day we made this our first stop & weren’t disappointed!
Both internally & externally the church is magnificent, stunningly beautiful, rich in its design & detail.
There are seventeen alters & the beautiful nave has a rich wooden caisson ceiling.
Glance up at the rose window & it’s beauty both from the inside & out.
Amazing the queues were practically non existent.....maybe we were just lucky.
Photos are allowed inside the church but no flash.
Written 6 November 2019
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Haebee
Singapore, Singapore719 contributions
Beauty beyond words!
Nov 2019 • Couples
We were in the mood to appreciate the churches of Lecce - it was our first visit to this city and we had a guide show us around. This Basilica outstrips all the other churches in Lecce by far, in beauty and gorgeous baroque architecture. It was bright and well balanced, a real joy just being there! We loved the painting which was the centrepiece of the beautiful wooden ceiling. Beautiful church, a must see!!!
Written 3 November 2019
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  • Sun - Sat 17:00 - 20:00
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