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The church of St Lucia

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The Church of St Lucy is located after the so called Small Door (“Porta Piccenne” in local dialect) which was the old entrance into the old town. Dating back to the 17th century, it is one of the most picturesque small churches of the town and it has only one room. It has two entrances, a central one with a small rose-window and a lateral one with a round niche with a beautiful tempera painting of St Lucy. Above this side entrance, rises a webbed bell tower. The church belonged first to the De Leonardis family, one of the best-known families of the rural aristocracy.
Indoors behind the altar there is a small apse with some fragments of a fresco dating back to the 18th century. In the few fragments one can make out a benedictory Christ in the centre, an elegant image of an unidentifiable saint on the right and a disfigured face, difficult to be recognized, on the left.
On the niche on the left of the altar there is a papier-machè statue of the saint to whom the church is devoted. On the counter-faςade of the entrance door some memorial tablets report in Latin the main phases of the rebuilding and restorations that the building underwent in the 19th and the 20th century.

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The church is open to visitors. There are some steps.

Bibliography
Semeraro, R. (2005), Cisternino, Fasano (Br), Schena Editore, 1 ed.

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