Taurisano

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Taurisano
Comune
Comune di Taurisano
Top left:Church of Santa Maria di Strada, Top middle:Megalith of Specchia Silva and Sanjetti Menhir, Top right:Painting picture of Santa Maria Strada in Trasfiguraziane Cathedral, Bottom left:Taurisano Ducale Palace, Bottom right:Trasfiguraziane Cathedral
Top left:Church of Santa Maria di Strada, Top middle:Megalith of Specchia Silva and Sanjetti Menhir, Top right:Painting picture of Santa Maria Strada in Trasfiguraziane Cathedral, Bottom left:Taurisano Ducale Palace, Bottom right:Trasfiguraziane Cathedral
Coat of arms of Taurisano
Coat of arms
Taurisano is located in Italy
Taurisano
Taurisano
Location of Taurisano in Italy
Coordinates: 39°57′N 18°10′E / 39.950°N 18.167°E / 39.950; 18.167
Country Italy
Region Puglia
Province Lecce (LE)
Government
 • Mayor Lucio Di Seclì
Area
 • Total 23 km2 (9 sq mi)
Elevation 110 m (360 ft)
Population (31 December 2010)[1]
 • Total 12,675
 • Density 550/km2 (1,400/sq mi)
Demonym Taurisanesi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 73056
Dialing code 0833
Patron saint St. Stephen
Saint day 3 August
Website Official website

Taurisano is a town and comune in the province of Lecce, in the Apulia region of south-east Italy. It is located in the Salento area.

As of December 2010, the population was 12,675. Nearby towns are Acquarica del Capo, Casarano, Ruffano and Ugento.

The town of Taurisano is the place of birth of the philosopher Giulio Cesare Vanini.

Main sights[edit]

Native house of Giulio Cesare Vanini
Church of Santo Stefano Protomartire
  • Church of Santa Maria di Strada, in Apulian-Romanesque style (mid-13th/early 14th centuries). The façade has a portal sided by two plinths, which support two crouching animals (a bull and a lion); the architrave has a bas-relief depicting the Annunciation. At the side, under the bell-gable, is a Byzantine sundial with the time written both in Latin and Greek characters.
  • Church of Santo Stefano Protomartire (15th century, but later rebuilt in 1796).
  • Church of San Nicola della Consolata (1733), annexed to the Ducal Palace. The latter was completed in 1770 above an Angevine 13th-century castle, and has a 16th-century tower with Guelph merlons.
  • Remains of the Byzantine Chapel of San Donato (7th-8th centuries)
  • Megalith of Specchia Silva and Sanjetti Menhir

References[edit]

  1. ^ Population from ISTAT