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“Impressive”

Colonna di Sant'Oronzo
Ranked #21 of 118 things to do in Lecce
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 7 October 2017 via mobile

Sant'oronzo plays an important role in the history of Lecce and nearby Ostuni. He towers over the Piazza. Don't just pass him by. Give him the time he deserves. It's like ignoring Nelson's Column in London if you just walk past.

Thank Barbara L
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Reviewed 5 June 2017

The column is the symbol of the city. It has been manufactured using the pieces of an old roman column originally placed in Brindisi where the "Via Appia" ended.
The column is now in the square of San Oronzo surrounded by buildings not really related to the column itself. The McDonald's just in front of the column doesn't help neither.

Thank paolovbossi
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Reviewed 2 June 2017

This was built in 1592 at the request of the then mayor who must have liked tall spires because he did a good job and it is still standing. It sits adjacent to the Roman Amphitheatre and both are worth a visit.

Thank Oldjack
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Reviewed 14 February 2017

The Sant' Oronzo (Saint Horace) Colonna (pillar), is one of the monuments of Lecce Historical Center and it stands in a large plaza )Piazza Sant'Oronzo), in the center of Lecce,
It has a height of 29 meters, it was stood at the city of Brindisi, before it was given as a gift to the city of Lecce.
On it's top you can see the bronze statue of the first Bishop of the town and patron Saint Horace (Sant'Orontso), which seems to face down the inhabitants of Lecce, which, the story says, he saved from the plague that broke out in the city in 1656, killing thousands of people.
Saint Orontso appointed as bishop of Lecce by the Apostle Paul, been one of his students on 54 AD and was martyred during Nero's persecution in 66 or 68 AD.

Thank Kostas O
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Reviewed 31 January 2017

Located next to the ancient Roman ruins, in the middle of the old town. Nothing special about it. You see it even if you do not intebd to do so.

Thank GezginIstanbul
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