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Most of the buildings and churches in town date back to XVII century and were built in a distinctive fine architectural style that can be found nowhere else in the world and is known as "Barocco Leccese".

This particular kind of Baroque architecture is characterised by the neat and elegant forms of the Renaissance style and rich decoration, such as banisters, traceries, tortile columns, flower and fruits motifs, deriving from the peasant culture and the classical world.

They are carved out of the characteristic "pietra leccese", a light and easily worked limestone that skillful carvers turned into real masterpieces, which look like finely crafted filigree jewelry or pieces of embroidery.

 

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