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Lecce



Introduction of Lecce
City and capital of Lecce province, Apulia region,207 mi SE of Naples, near the Adriatic Sea. The citywas originally a Messapian settlement and was colonizedby Greeks and taken by Rome in the fourthcentury b.c. The harbor was rebuilt by Hadrian in thesecond century a.d. The city was sacked by Totila theOstrogoth in 549. Nominally under the ByzantineEmpire, it was the second most important port on theAdriatic Sea in the early Middle Ages and passedthrough various hand s from 1053, with the arrival ofthe Normans, until 1463, when it came under thekingdom of Naples.A flourishing city in the 16th and 17th centuriesin the midst of increasing rural poverty, it was thecenter of a peasants' revolt against Spain in 1647-48that was brutally suppressed. In 1734 a second revoltwon some concessions that were later rescinded bythe local barons. It played an important part in therevolution of 1848.There are Roman remains here from the fourthcentury b.c. The city is a famed center of art and architecture and has been called the “Florence of baroque art.” Its church of Santa Croce, duomo, seminary,and bishop's palace are among its notablebaroque buildings.City and capital of Lecce province, Apulia region,207 mi SE of Naples, near the Adriatic Sea. The citywas originally a Messapian settlement and was colonizedby Greeks and taken by Rome in the fourthcentury b.c. The harbor was rebuilt by Hadrian in thesecond century a.d. The city was sacked by Totila theOstrogoth in 549. Nominally under the ByzantineEmpire, it was the second most important port on theAdriatic Sea in the early Middle Ages and passedthrough various hand s from 1053, with the arrival ofthe Normans, until 1463, when it came under thekingdom of Naples.A flourishing city in the 16th and 17th centuriesin the midst of increasing rural poverty, it was thecenter of a peasants' revolt against Spain in 1647-48that was brutally suppressed. In 1734 a second revoltwon some concessions that were later rescinded bythe local barons. It played an important part in therevolution of 1848.There are Roman remains here from the fourthcentury b.c. The city is a famed center of art and architecture and has been called the “Florence of baroque art.” Its church of Santa Croce, duomo, seminary,and bishop's palace are among its notablebaroque buildings.

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