Piazza del Duomo

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Piazza del Duomo is a baroque feast, the city's focal point and a sudden open space amid the surrounding enclosed lanes. During times of invasion the inhabitants of Lecce would barricade themselves in the square, which has conveniently narrow entrances. The 12th-century cathedral is one of Giuseppe Zimbalo's finest works – he was also responsible for the 68m‑high bell tower. The cathedral is unusual in that it has two facades, one on the western end and the other, more ornate, facing the piazza. It's framed by the 15th-century Palazzo Vescovile (Episcopal Palace) and the 18th-century Seminario , designed by Giuseppe Cino.