Basilica di Santa Croce

sights / Religious

Basilica di Santa Croce information

Location
Lecce , Italy
Address
Via Umberto I
Telephone
+390 832 24 19 57
More information
www.basilicasantacroce.eu
Opening hours
9am-noon & 5-8pm
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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.