Basilica di Santa Croce
Palazzo del Governo
Colonna di Sant'Oronzo
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Basilica di Santa Croce information
It seems that hallucinating stonemasons have been at work on the basilica. Sheep, dodos, cherubs and beasties writhe across the facade, a swirling magnificent allegorical feast. Throughout the 16th and 17th centuries, a team of artists under Giuseppe Zimbalo laboured to work the building up to this pitch. Look for Zimbalo's profile on the facade.
The interior is more conventionally Renaissance and deserves a look, once you've finished gazing outside. Zimbalo also left his mark in the former Convento dei Celestini, just north of the basilica, which is now the Palazzo del Governo , the local government headquarters.