Lecce, Italy- Share your photos of this Baroque city

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    The town of Lecce is in Puglia, the heel of the "boot" of Italy. It's about a half hour south of BDS (Brindisi) and an hour south of BRI (Bari). I went there to investigate an interesting local limestone, pietra di Lecce, which comes in white, cream and grey colors, which I then used for a pair of fireplaces.

    The architecture of Lecce has it's own unique interpretation of the baroque, filled with elaborate carvings of scrollwork, foliage,

    gargoyles, people and animals carved in this soft limestone. Among my favorite touches are the inscriptions on several churches where dancing cherubs hold each individual letter.

    Lecce is also noted for their Carta Pesta (Papier-mâché) creches and animals. In the center of town you'll also find the ruins of a Roman ampitheatre.

    You can see more photos of this unique town my site, at http://stonecarver.com/gargoyles/Lecce.html

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    The limestone of Lecce
     
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    Night view of a Lecce church
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    The Roman Ampitheatre
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    Elaborate creche in the window of a shop that makes this Cartapesta work
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    Lecce at night
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    A Guinness pub in Southern Italy
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    Ironwork
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    Four more images of this beautiful, unusual town.

    Lecce-windows.jpg

    Lecce-pigeon.jpg

    Lecce-street-woman.jpg

    Lecce-wall-deterioration.jpg
     
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