Altar of the Chiesa di San Matteo
Lecce is famed for the splendour of its Baroque masterpieces. From circa C17th, the historic town began to make use of its rich reserve of a particularly malleable form of limestone that lent itself well to sculpting. Alongside the well-known Cathedral, the Basilica di Santa Croce, the Roman amphitheatre, and statue of Saint Oronzo, I stumbled upon the Chiesa di San Matteo, hidden in a narrow alleyway in the historical centre. It’s a fascinating structure, with a concave above and convex at the bottom. Inside, it has perhaps the most beautiful altar I have ever seen (pictured), replete with ornate statues of apostles and angels, elegant paintings and twisty columns.
Lecce, 30 August 2016