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Via Regina Isabella 9, 73100, Lecce, Italy
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Reviewed 18 October 2018

This church was built between 1591 and 1639 to dedicate the city of Lecce's patron saint. Above the statue is the citys emblem, a She wolf and an acorn.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Ossie D
Reviewed 27 September 2018

Walking along via Vittorio Emanuele from piazza del duomo to piazza Sant'Oronzo, one passes close by the side of Convento dei Teatini and one can easily ignore the adjoining chiesa di Sant'Irene despite its sizeable bulk. Indeed, as you see the gourmet grocery store, turn...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank stanmansurrey
Reviewed 22 September 2018

The church has been built about four centuries ago and without anything spectacular represents an early broque archtectonic style. It is dedicated to the patron saint of the city.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Cetatzeni
Reviewed 22 September 2018

Outside this looks as though it has a nice understated attractiveness. However, once inside Inside this is very much baroque ugliness. Whilst you cannot fault the skill and craftsmanship which has gone into the building, its all very much about the power of tge church...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Nastame
Reviewed 11 August 2018 via mobile

It is in central Lecce and has the symbol of the wolf over the door. It is a beautiful church in a town full of beautiful churches. English tours are available.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Hitcher84
Reviewed 29 July 2018

The Church of St. Irene was built by the project of Francesco Grimaldi, from 1591 to 1639. The Church was built traditionally in the form of a Latin cross. The Church is famous for the fact that the plebiscite for the entry of Lecce into...More

Date of experience: August 2017
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Reviewed 26 June 2018

It is a chararch of Teatinian Order with abbay in Barocco Luccese style. Infortunately taking pictures inside is prohibited.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank libius2018
Reviewed 24 June 2018

Yet another example of why Lecce is the crowning glory of the Baroque in Italy, the Church of Saint Irene presents a solid front to a beautiful interior.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Panajody
Reviewed 23 June 2018

Beautiful church inside with lovely ceiling and paintings still an active church and much visited by locals and tourists. Built in to a design by Theatine Francesco Grimaldi and finished in 1639. There are many good paintings including one by Tiso 'Transport of the Ark'...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank craigluscar
Reviewed 14 May 2018

This is a functioning, local church, more intended for parishioners than tourists. There is some interesting history and several nice paintings.

Date of experience: May 2018
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