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Chiesa di San Matteo

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Address: Via Dei Perroni 29, 73100, Lecce, Italy
Phone Number: +39 0832 245035

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Beautiful church but beware the menacing man

We were ushered in to this church by a big burly man, which we thought was a little odd. Within seconds we observed him demanding money from the people as they were leaving the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 19 September 2016
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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016

We were ushered in to this church by a big burly man, which we thought was a little odd. Within seconds we observed him demanding money from the people as they were leaving the church. As each person left he was shouting "money on the table, money on the table" and if you didn't put any in said goodness knows... More 

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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2016

Like some other churches in Lecce, the architecture is unmissable, however this is arguably the best.

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Victoria Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 May 2016

Puts you off going into the churches in Lecce when people stand around demanding you make a offering. I strongly said no and entered. This church is beautiful. Stand your ground when you go into churches I say. Why should you pay. I wanted to sit and pray.

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Dartmouth, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 April 2016

We took a walking tour of Lecce, and visited what our guide felt were the major churches in Lecce. The Church of San Matteo was not included in the tour, but when I found it open during a bit of a walk-about one evening I went in and found this to be one of the most beautiful churches in the... More 

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Florence, Italy
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 March 2016

It is said that the Baroque style in Lecce is characterized mainly because its most original contribution is applied, rather than to architecture, to decoration of buildings. From this point of view, perhaps the most famous monument in Lecce, the Santa Croce's Basilica, is revealing: the incredible, exuberant decoration of the facade fits into a pattern that is after all... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2015

Look caredully at the statues as they are made of papier mache and not marble or stone.Quite amazing the artistry.

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2015

There are so many churches in Lecce - it seems like one on every corner - but the baroque elegance of this one makes it worth a visit. Superb outside but even more impressive decor inside.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2015

Lecce is one of the most beautifull cities in Italy, noble and nice for visit in any period of year. Even in January it was sunny and pleasant. Beautifully buildings and churches, nice pedestrian quart.

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Istanbul, Turkey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2015

Well, it was nice surprise that we came across a wedding that the ceremony had just begun. The bride was crying while the priest reading his line. It was nice Italian atmosfere that we enjoyed very much. The church itself was beautiful as usual. I highly recommend it.

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Brussels
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2015

The barocco style is well represented outside but especially inside the church. There are a lot of altars all very decorated.

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