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San Matteo Church - Spherical Panorama
san Matteo church in Lecce . Apulia The interior has a single elliptical nave. The chapels, which open along the walls, are interspersed with pilasters with high semicircular plinths on which the twelve stone statues of the Apostles rest, made in 1692 by Placido Buffelli of Alessano. In the nave, in correspondence with the chapels, there are ten double lancet windows from which the religious attended the functions. The roof was rebuilt at the beginning of the 19th century to replace the ancient wooden ceiling. The altars, typical of the Lecce Baroque, are attributed to the school of Giuseppe Cino. Along the left side of the nave there are several altars: the first is dedicated to Saint Agatha and preserves the painting of Il Martirio di Sant'Agata, created in 1813 by Pasquale Grassi. The second altar is dedicated to St. Francis of Assisi; follows that of Saint Rita of Cascia with a papier-mâché statue by Raffaele Caretta. The fourth and fifth altars are dedicated respectively to the Immaculate Virgin and the Pietà; the latter houses a valuable polychrome wooden statue of the Pietà built in Venice in 1693. The apse, covered by a star-shaped vault, is embellished by an artistic high altar characterized by an exuberant decoration with small statues of saints in the intercolumns. At the center of the altar there is a niche containing the wooden statue of St. Matthew the Apostle, sculpted in 1691 by the Gaetano Patalano from Ischia. Along the right side of the nave, continuing towards the entrance, there are four other altars: the first bears a painting of the Madonna della Luce, a sixteenth-century fresco from the ancient church of Santa Maria della Luce depicting the Virgin and Child showing the neck a coral croissant. Next are the altars of Saint Anne and the Holy Family, both bearing a painting by Serafino Elmo. Between the two altars there is a wooden pulpit, a refined work of carving, flanked by four allegorical stone statues. The last altar is dedicated to Saint Oronzo with an altarpiece from 1736. On the front door there is a wooden, sculpted and gilded cover of the eighteenth-century organ of the Basilica of Santa Croce. Wikipedia source - Thanks
Copyright: Franco Melechi
Type: Spherical
Resolution: 11752x5876
Taken: 19/05/2019
Uploaded: 16/06/2019
Updated: 01/07/2019


Tags: interior; church; religion; architecture; arts
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