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Reviewed 6 October 2018

This is one of many Cathedrals we visited during our visit to Puglia and it is quite something, very ornate and so much detail. Take a pews and admire the craftsmanship, stain glass windows and paintings. Can get very busy with tour groups therefore an early or late visit may be best.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Keith70
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Reviewed 2 October 2018

Lecce is one of the most beautiful baroque city, along with Roma and Noto. Particularly, the Duomo of Lecce is one of the jewels of the baroque architecture.
Moreover, the city is safe and clean. People are helpful, kind and pleasant.
We can just regret that some marvellous palaces of the baroque priod are still not restored.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank ajb1056
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Reviewed 2 October 2018

As one enters the piazza through its only access from via Vittorio Emanuele, the cattedrale (or rather its unusual main entrance 'false' facade on the northern flank of the nave) immediately draws the eye - to be exact it is the highly ornamental central section. Either side of the bronze portal there are columns and pilasters, niches with statues, festoons and friezes, decorative balustrade, cartouches, decorated arch and the statue of St Oronzo. Almost too much for the eye to take in.
The west facade which terminates the naves is more subdued and is partly covered by the adjoining Episcopio - bishop's palace. This portal is flanked by niches with statues of St Peter and St Paul. The facade has little of the extensive floral decoration to the stonework but for pilasters and capitals and the entablature above the portal has an extent of detail.
Inside the cattedrale, the ornate main nave is flanked with side naves with extraordinary decorative work in the altars and chapels which defy the mind to absorb.
There are 12 chapels plus the high altar - all with detail in marble or gold, spiral columns, angels, paintings - indeed so many I can't remember the order or recognise each one - John the Baptist, Nativity, Immaculate Conception, Crucifixion and Blessed Sacrament... it goes on. Apologies for the photo captions being a bit vague.
The main nave and presbytery ceilings are coffered wood with paintings of the life of St Oronzo and Last Supper, while the chapels have vaulted ceilings or cupolas.
The cattedrale and indeed all the buildings round the piazza deserve plenty of time to visit - worth a day at least themselves.
Sadly, we had much less time. I just wish I had a book on the cattedrale's works to read at leisure.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank stanmansurrey
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Reviewed 30 September 2018

OMG! Is this really true? It feels like an dream comming true; the full square is very big and stunning;and walking around here at night feels like you are walking in an true panting that can easily be hanging in the Louvre. Must see.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank soehail
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Reviewed 21 September 2018

The interior of this building is of high quality craftsmanship. However, the overall effect is of uglineess
. It's far too overdone to be called a beautiful building. Some aspects such as the ceiling are good, but just over the top for decent effect.
The exterior is far nicer.
Like some contributors, I have a problem with beggars, but my problem is that society does not care and support them which is why they're outside the cathedral seeking alms from good Christians, many of whom walk past and are only intersted in taking photos inside.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Nastame
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