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Guide of Lecce and Salento, Italy

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Lecce and Salento Buildings And Monuments, Italy

The Roman amphitheater

Rising in the heart of Lecce and dating back to the age of Adriano, in the first half of the 2nd century A.D. was discovered by chance only in 1901 and brought to light in 1938.
Built in Leccese stone and covered in white marble, the amphitheater measured 102x83 meters and could hold 10-15 thousand spectators. Today are seen only the lower stairs and half of the entire structure remains buried.

The strange building that rises above the theater pit is the so-called Sedile. It dates back to the end of the '1500’s and had the function of public audience and meeting room.

The Castle of Carlo V

Rebuilt in 1539-49 by order of the Emperor Carlo V d'Asburgo, who wished to strengthen the defensive system at the limits of the empire, the Castle of Lecce is a splendid example of military architecture of the '1500’s, extremely evolved in form and in defensive solutions. The strong bastions are trapezoid in form and enclose a pre-existing fort, which dates back to the Angioini.

The Leccese Baroque also finds magnificent expression in the noble palaces, although in a less splendid manner than in the churches.

Palazzo dei Celestini

Located next to the church of Santa Croce, the Palazzo dei Celestini is a former convent transformed into a government palace. The current facade was made by Antonio Zimbalo between 1659 and 1695 with two sets of windows set in cornices rich in decorative motifs.

Palazzo del Seminario

This is one of the most famous monuments of Lecce, signed by architect Giuseppe Cino. With its composed beauty, attenuating the Baroque exuberance of piazza Duomo, contributing to making it one of the most beautiful piazzas of Italy. In the courtyard of the palace you may admire the famous Baroque well, richly decorated with ivy, grape vines, cherubs and festoons.


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