Above: Reliquaries in the Alma Mater Museum
After Aragon King Alfonso I (1073-1134), the Battler, conquered the Moors (prior post), construction began immediately on a cathedral atop a former Mosque. The king gifted the archbishop with adjacent land for his headquarters.
When Aragon King Alfonso II (1157-1196) ascended to the throne, he had other plans. The Aljaferia Palace was not grand or comfortable enough for him, so he began major remodeling and additions to this prominent location. Upper floors in the Mudejar and later Renaissance traditions reflect the styles favored by subsequent royals of Aragon and Spain.
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Above: Reliquary in the Basilica of Saint Sernin
Most people reading this headline would assume I’m talking about religious architecture, but those definitely are not the only bones on my mind. This does not mean that the architecture of the Basilica of Saint Sernin is not amazing; it is. So, we’ll just get those bones out of the way first.
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She-Wolf and Oak Tree, Symbols of Lecce, on the Façade of the Church of Saint Irene
Baroque churches of Lecce are filled with putti frolicking amidst birds and pomegranates, twisting Solomonic columns covered with intricate lacelike carvings, images of saints and some of their bones.
Church of Saint Matthew, Chiesa di San Matteo
Bell tower adjacent to Cathedral
Church of Saint Irene, Chiesa de Sant’Irene
The patron of Lecce, Saint Orontius, atop the Cathedral
Piazza del Duomo, Cathedral on left
keys to city presented to reliquary of Saint Bernardino Realino in Chiesa del Gesu
Altar dedicated to Saint Anthony
Altar to Saint Anthony
statue and reqliquary of Saint Bernardino Realino in Chiesa del Gesu
Saint Orontius in Diocesan Museum
Baroque well in the cloisters of the Seminary Palace