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Chiesa di San Matteo

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Address: Via Dei Perroni 29, 73100, Lecce, Italy
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+39 0832 245035

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A little jewel

Borromini's style the outside, Apulia baroc the inside, this small church will give you a sense of peace

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Lucia R
Lugano, Switzerland
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Lugano, Switzerland
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Borromini's style the outside, Apulia baroc the inside, this small church will give you a sense of peace

Thank Lucia R
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5 reviews
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Incredibile architecture. Beautiful paintings. This place will make you fall in love with the wonderful city of Lecce

Thank Fatjon Q
Warsaw, Poland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 380 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 January 2017

Built in the 17th century this church is one of the most spectacular in Lecce thanks to its characteristic baroque style - barocco leccese as they say in Italy. You will find many richly ornamented altars with extraordinary columns and many statues. The facade is also eye-catching - semicircular at the bottom, more stratight at the top - also nicely... More 

1 Thank KrisD_pl
Ipswich, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 September 2016

We were ushered in to this church by a big burly man, which we thought was a little odd. Within seconds we observed him demanding money from the people as they were leaving the church. As each person left he was shouting "money on the table, money on the table" and if you didn't put any in said goodness knows... More 

3 Thank TeamW73
Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 18 May 2016

Like some other churches in Lecce, the architecture is unmissable, however this is arguably the best.

Thank MK13AL
Victoria Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 170 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 May 2016

Puts you off going into the churches in Lecce when people stand around demanding you make a offering. I strongly said no and entered. This church is beautiful. Stand your ground when you go into churches I say. Why should you pay. I wanted to sit and pray.

Thank SusanP196
Dartmouth, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 155 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 April 2016

We took a walking tour of Lecce, and visited what our guide felt were the major churches in Lecce. The Church of San Matteo was not included in the tour, but when I found it open during a bit of a walk-about one evening I went in and found this to be one of the most beautiful churches in the... More 

Thank Art H
Florence, Italy
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Reviewed 28 March 2016

It is said that the Baroque style in Lecce is characterized mainly because its most original contribution is applied, rather than to architecture, to decoration of buildings. From this point of view, perhaps the most famous monument in Lecce, the Santa Croce's Basilica, is revealing: the incredible, exuberant decoration of the facade fits into a pattern that is after all... More 

2 Thank Brun066
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Reviewed 24 October 2015

Look caredully at the statues as they are made of papier mache and not marble or stone.Quite amazing the artistry.

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 22 September 2015

There are so many churches in Lecce - it seems like one on every corner - but the baroque elegance of this one makes it worth a visit. Superb outside but even more impressive decor inside.

Thank David M

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