The historic center of Lecce, the capital of the Salento region in Puglia, is built of a soft white limestone that is easily carved.
Lecce met the Baroque on its own terms, with the local stone used both on the exterior and in the interior.
Unfortunately, the stone is so soft that it erodes easily.
Fossil shells can be seen in worn surfaces.
Over time, the white stone turns yellow. In the past the stone surfaces would have been plastered, but the plaster also deteriorated.
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The Flavian Amphitheater, better known as the Colosseum, stands in the heart of ancient Rome. Built by the emperors Vespasian and Titus between 70-80 AD, the amphitheater is 157 ft high. Only a small portion of the original outer wall remains. Ancient sources state that over 9,000 wild animals were killed during the inaugural games in the Colosseum. The venue held between 50,000 and 80,000 spectators depending on its configuration at the time
Stone and semiprecious stonework, lower wall, Chapel of the Princes, Medici Chapel, Florence, Italy.
Lion guarding the steps of San Lorenzo, Genoa’s cathedral.