LECCE – Day Two

IMG_1672IMG_1671IMG_1675Lecce is a city that delights the eye.  There are always new details to pick up on, no matter how often one walks down the same street.  In order to see it all, one needs to look to the right, to the left, up above one’s head, all seemingly at the same time!  This is why a prolonged stay (or at least three to four days) is best!  IMG_1676IMG_1679IMG_1688IMG_1690IMG_1693IMG_1699IMG_1704The mixture of architectural styles that one sees in the city is fascinating, and is a testament to the city’s rich history.IMG_1706IMG_1715IMG_1709The Porta San Biagio was built in 1774.  At the top, there is a statue of the saint.  IMG_1710IMG_1711IMG_1724IMG_1733IMG_1740IMG_1741This tiny orthodox church was beautiful, but since they were preparing for a mass, we only peeked inside.  IMG_1743IMG_1749IMG_1752The main tourist office is in what is called the Sedile, or the Seat, of Lecce.  It is the small white building in Piazza Sant’Oronzo.  I couldn’t stop looking up at the ceiling in there.  Right next to it is the small Church of San Marco.  IMG_1755IMG_1758IMG_1759Built on the site of an older building, the Castle of Charles V was begun in 1539, and was finished ten years later.  This is a mammoth building!  Tickets to enter the castle and its museums cost €3.00, and this is something that I highly recommend doing.  Give yourself at least an hour and a half to see the site (preferably two hours)!  IMG_1760IMG_1763Inside of the castle are the ruins of an old church.  There were also excavations taking place during my visit.  IMG_1766IMG_1767IMG_1778IMG_1781IMG_1782Inside of the castle is the Museum of Paper Mache, where the process of creating the beautiful statues that one sees all over the city is explained.IMG_1784IMG_1789IMG_1791IMG_1793IMG_1798IMG_1801IMG_1817IMG_1821There is also a museum of instruments used for the purpose of torture.  IMG_1836IMG_1837IMG_1851IMG_1855IMG_1860IMG_1862IMG_1869IMG_1870IMG_1882The Church of Santa Maria della Grazia was quite beautiful, once you got past the scaffolding outside.IMG_1885IMG_1888IMG_1895IMG_1908IMG_1928IMG_1941IMG_1947IMG_1945IMG_1951IMG_1955IMG_1957IMG_1966The Arch of Triumph, or as it’s more commonly known, Porta Napoli, is one of the main gates of the city.  It is hard to miss it.IMG_1970IMG_1972Directly in front of it is the Obelisk, put in place in 1822 in honor of Ferdinand I, the King of the Two Sicilies.  IMG_1975IMG_1978.jpgNearby is the city’s cemetery.IMG_1981About a fifteen-minute walk from the cemetery is the Torre di Belloluogo, an ancient tower that was once part of the city’s defense system.IMG_1991IMG_2001IMG_2005IMG_2051

 

Next up: Modern art, and another ancient tower in Lecce!

 

Note: This blog is written in English and Spanish, and  the author takes no responsibility for the quality of any other translations which may appear.  If you enjoyed this post, please, check out our archives for more posts from bella Puglia, as well as other Italian destinations.  Grazie!

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