Galatina

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Galatina
Comune
Comune di Galatina
Galatina is located in Italy
Galatina
Galatina
Location of Galatina in Italy
Coordinates: 40°10′N 18°10′E / 40.167°N 18.167°E / 40.167; 18.167Coordinates: 40°10′N 18°10′E / 40.167°N 18.167°E / 40.167; 18.167
Country Italy
Region Puglia
Province Lecce (LE)
Frazioni Noha, Collemeto, Santa Barbara
Government
 • Mayor Cosimo Montagna
Area
 • Total 81 km2 (31 sq mi)
Elevation 78 m (256 ft)
Population (2008)
 • Total 27,555
 • Density 340/km2 (880/sq mi)
Demonym Galatinesi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 73013
Dialing code 0836
Patron saint St. Peter and St. Paul
Saint day 29 and 30 June
Website Official website

Galatina (Greek: Galatini), known before the unification of Italy as San Pietro in Galatina,[1] is a town and comune in the Italian province of Lecce in Apulia.

Among the most important cities in Salento, it is situated some 21 kilometres (13 mi) south of the city of Lecce.

Main sights[edit]

  • The late Romanesque church of Santa Caterina d'Alessandria, built in 1390 by Raimondello del Balzo Orsini, count of Soleto, with a fine portal and rose window. The interior contains frescoes by Francesco d'Arezzo (1435). The apse contains the fine mausoleum of the son of the founder, a canopy supported by four columns, with his statue beneath it.
  • The Baroque church of St. Peter (also known as Mother Church), rebuilt from 1633 on a previous Greek-rite edifice.
  • The Pupa, a fountain in local limestone

In the neighbourhood is the small church of St. Paul. It houses a pump which, according to tradition, was able to heal people bitten by poisonous tarantulas (those bitten are called tarantati or pizzicati in the local dialect).

Transportation[edit]

Galatina has a station on the Ferrovie Sud-Est line to Lecce. Road connections include the SS16 Adriatica state highway, the SS101 state road, also to Lecce, and the SS 613 Brindisi-Lecce highway.

Energy[edit]

Near Galatina there is the static inverter plant of HVDC Italy-Greece.

Twin towns[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Luigi Rossetti, ‘Cenni storici di Galatina’, Sito ufficiale della Città di Galatina.