The flourishing of Baroque art in Lecce occurred since 1571, when, with the battle of Lepanto, the threat of raids by the Turks was definitively removed. However this artistic movement burst out in its most relevant features only in the second half of the 17th century and lasted for a good part of the 18th century. It spread throughout the province, favoured by the historical context, as well as by the quality of the local stone in use. Lecce stone is a soft and compact limestone with warm and golden tones, suitable for working with the stonemason.
Photo by: Roberto Perrone
Translated by: Prof. Rocco Merenda