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The “underground” Salento: the crypt of the Cathedral in Lecce

17 Apr

Beyond the beaches and the sea that make Salento‘s panoramas an extraordinary paradise with an exotic charm, this land hides secret places that tell of precious artistic and architectural testimonies, as well. The “underground” Salento is a tour to discover the hidden places of Salento. Read here to find out more.

The crypt of the Cathedral in Lecce

Composed of three large naves, with a Greek cross plan and small cross vaults on the ceiling, the Crypt rests on 92 columns at the top of which finely decorated capitals can be admired. The crypt has typical features of the style of the original structure built by the Normans in the fourteenth century at the behest of Bishop Roberto Volturio.

Lecce

Salento capital, Lecce is above all the city of the Baroque where the architectural style permeates the entire old town with its palaces, churches and monuments. Do not miss the central square (Piazza Sant’Oronzo) with the column dedicated to the Patron Saint and the “Sedile”. The Basilica of Santa Croce and the Cathedral are enchanting. In addition to culture and art, the city is a beating heart thanks to the numerous events and nightlife.

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The “underground” Salento: the crypt of the Cathedral of Otranto

10 Apr

Beyond the beaches and the sea that make Salento‘s panoramas an extraordinary paradise with an exotic charm, this land hides secret places that tell of precious artistic and architectural testimonies, as well. The “underground” Salento is a tour to discover the hidden places of Salento. Read here to find out more.

The crypt of the Cathedral

It winds in the underlying area of the apse, the presbytery and part of the hall, and it is a miniature of the famous Cistern of Theodosius or the Mosque of Córdoba. The crypt is built on 42 columns, different in style and quality, which give the environment a suggestive atmosphere. The year of origin dates back to the 11th century.

Otranto

It is a jewel overlooking the Adriatic coast, about 40km from Lecce. The maze of colored alleys that frames the old town houses the Aragonese castle and the Cathedral with the floor mosaic of medieval origin.

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The “underground” Salento: crypt of Madonna del Gonfalone in Tricase

3 Apr

Beyond the beaches and the sea that make Salento‘s panoramas an extraordinary paradise with an exotic charm, this land hides secret places that tell of precious artistic and architectural testimonies, as well. The “underground” Salento is a tour to discover the hidden places of Salento. Read here to find out more.

Crypt of Madonna del Gonfalone

Excavated in the tuff and dating back to the IX-XI centuries, it was an Italo-Greek monastery and later a grange of the Abbey of S. Maria de Amito. The ceiling is supported by as many as 19 pillars and on the walls you can glimpse a Sleeping Virgin.

Tricase

Located about 40 km south of Lecce, the village includes the splendid seaside resorts of Tricase Porto and Marina Serra. The origin of the name is uncertain: it is hypothesized that it is due to the union of three different hamlets or that the name Tricase derives from “inter casas”, that is, a town formed in the midst of other hamlets.

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The “underground” Salento: Santa Maria della Croce in Casarano 

27 Mar

Beyond the beaches and the sea that make Salento‘s panoramas an extraordinary paradise with an exotic charm, this land hides secret places that tell of precious artistic and architectural testimonies, as well. The “underground” Salento is a tour to discover the hidden places of Salento. Read here to find out more.

Santa Maria della Croce

One of the oldest places of Christian worship, the church was built between the fifth and sixth centuries in Casaranello and has splendid early Christian mosaics, such as the starry vault with a cross of gold tiles on the dome and the colorful mosaic carpet with zoomorphic and phytomorphs motifs of the barrel vault. There are also wonderful Byzantine and Gothic frescoes.

Casarano

Municipality of almost 20 thousand inhabitants located in south-western Salento at about 50 km from Lecce, Casarano has its Roman origins in history and legend: around the first century BC, these lands were assigned to the Roman centurion Caesar for military merits, achieved during the civil wars.

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The “underground” Salento: the crypt of Saints Stefani in Vaste

20 Mar

Beyond the beaches and the sea that make Salento‘s panoramas an extraordinary paradise with an exotic charm, this land hides secret places that tell of precious artistic and architectural testimonies, as well. The “underground” Salento is a tour to discover the hidden places of Salento. Read here to find out more.

Crypt of Saints Stefani and Crypt of S. Maria degli Angeli

In the Archaeological Park of Vaste, in the rock, with three naves, the crypt, which owes its name to a triple representation of Saint Stephen, preserves various representations of the first martyr of Christianity and frescoes dating back to between the 10th and 16th centuries, including the portraits of some apostles.

A Poggiardo worthy of note is the crypt of S. Maria degli Angeli, whose frescoes are in the Museum in Piazza Episcopo, including the Madonna between the two archangels. The crypt, made accessible in 1929, has a basilica shape, with three naves that end in as many curved apses. The vault is supported by four pillars but two of these have collapsed and the bases remain. The floor is in beaten earth.

Poggiardo and Vaste – Located in south-eastern Salento, Poggiardo is about 40 km from Lecce and includes the hamlet of Vaste, the ancient “Bastae”, a Messapian center which is only a few km from the famous Santa Cesarea Terme.

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Mobile Phones -> (+39) 366/2604050 – (+39) 392/0202233

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