A couple of lovely, carved baroque side chapels make it worth looking inside. The outside doesn't shout 'come in' especially as there are so many baroque churches around in Lecce.
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This is another imprssive baroque style church a few blocks away from the Duomo and worth a look.It was built at the beginning of the 18th century and apparently dedicated to the ancient patrons of the town.
Tourists eager to visit the more highly touted cathedral at the Piazza del Duomo walk right by Chiesa di Sant'Irene. This church stands in partial shadow and the exterior doesn't scream, "Visit me!" But it's definitely worth the time to take a peak inside. The...More
But this is one of the most impressive. Not for size, but that the carvings all around, even in the side chapels, are ornate and lovely. Allow time to just sit and contemplate all the work that had to go into the building of it....More
We had been in and out of churches all morning and just came across this one and as it carries my mother's name decided to drop in. Similar to many other churches and nothing to highlight, however the usual array of good quality paintings on...More
A really ornate facade and very impressive inside the church. There's a nice old chap trying to sell souvenirs, a guide book and religious bits and pieces inside the church and he was eager to tell anyone who cared to listen bits of its history....More
One of the many interesting churches in Lecce. There are really a lot of nice churches. This church is centrally located and attract less tourist than the cathedral. Outside is very nice.
For those of us whom the local guidebook regard as Lutheran heretics, this church is a splendid statement from the counter-reform. Huge and airy, baroque but restrained, it celebrates a lady who was dethroned as Lecce's saint, apparently because she was a Byzantine saint and...More