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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...More
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
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....More
Although Saint Irene was the patron saint of Lecce, the male powers in control decided a male saint should replace a female saint. Thus, Saint Oronzo was chosen to replace Saint Irene who had a Roman town connection.