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CHURCH OF SANTO STEFANO (Soleto, Lecce)

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There are so many little known places in every part of Italy; the artistic heritage of this nation is so large that it does not leave space for all the little monuments located in every village.

In Puglia, these particular places are everywhere, from north to south of the region.

In this episode of our blog we arrived in a small village of Salento, Soleto, to tell you the story of a beautiful church capable to leave you speechless.

The Church of Santo Stefano is a small church that preserves almost perfectly religious frescoes with very good colors and artistic perfection.

Once you enter through the wooden door, you are faced with a place that attracts by its particularity; In fact, it is rare to find frescoes so beautiful and so well preserved after centuries since their construction.

This place was probably built around the mid-1300s (although there are no certain dates) and it is an example of a Byzantine style church.

The exterior is characterized by a well-defined rose window that allows good natural lighting, from walls made of “pietra leccese” and a “bell-gable”.

What is striking is the majestic central fresco that depicts the Last Judgment, surrounded on the side walls by depictions of numerous saints; the paintings often resume the life of Jesus through scenes of Resurrection and Baptism and are also depicted four bishops who are at the base of the Byzantine culture.

To understand the origins and the history of this part of Puglia it is necessary to visit places such as the Church of Santo Stefano, bearing witness to the importance of religious worship and cultural contamination that took place over the past centuries.

The discovery of Puglia and Salento (in this case) starts from the research of the less known artistic heritage; Puglia is not only made of paradisiacal beaches and crystal-clear sea, but it is a land that preserves priceless treasures.

Come and visit the Church of Santo Stefano: a testimony of the timeless beauty of this region.





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