San Niccolò and Cataldo Church

Lecce, Italy

San Niccolò and Cataldo The church is an example of Italo-Norman architecture. It was founded by Tancred of Sicily in 1180. In 1716 the façade was rebuilt, with the addition of numerous statues, but maintaining the original Romanesque portal. The walls were frescoed during the 15th-17th centuries.



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Founded: 1180
Category: Religious sites in Italy

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Katia Trani (15 months ago)
For the opening of the church you have to pay attention to the times of masses and visits. I came back 2/3 times to see it
Nadia Lupo (2 years ago)
Inserted in the monumental cemetery of Lecce, outside the walls, a single body with one of the 2 cloisters of the former convent of the Olivetans (currently the convent and cloister are entrusted to the University of Lecce). MIXING of styles, built in 1180 by Tancredi d'altavilla, prince of Lecce and then king of the kingdom of Sicily, Norman, with BYZANTINE workers, in ROMAN-SQUE style with ORIENTAL influences, subsequently largely rebuilt in Baroque style (1500-1600) in work of GIUSEPPE CINO with local and Neapolitan workers! The dome in clear oriental style, currently hidden by the facade and by the pines of the cemetery, is beautiful. Inside, a contracted Latin cross and different heights of the barrel vaults between the lateral naves and the central nave with pointed arches reminiscent of the Palermo cathedral. "Pagan" images of bare-breasted mermaids on the 2 beautiful holy waters by Riccardi. You can admire sculptures by RICCARDI from Lecce, author of many things in the church of Santa Croce and paintings by G.BATTISTA LAMA, from Naples. Hidden in the room dedicated to the parish priest is a wonderful BAPTISMAL FOUNTAIN still colored in pink with the vegetable colors in use at the time. In the cloister there is a wonderful canopied well with twisted columns. It should be taken care of, restored, kept better. Owned by the municipality, it is kept open to the public 3 times a week (Monday, Thursday and Saturday mornings from 9.30 to 12.30) by volunteers from the F.A.I.
R F (2 years ago)
Little gem worth a visit. Excellent support of the FAI with its attentive, prepared and very helpful guides. To visit paying attention to the times indicated.
Valerio Aceto (2 years ago)
Managed by the FAI. Very welcome guided tour. It absolutely deserves to be seen.
Ivan Epifani (2 years ago)
This church is located inside the monumental cemetery of Lecce. Inside you will find three tall and narrow naves, there are numerous decorations in Lecce stone and Baroque statues. I absolutely recommend to visit it.
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