Maglie

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Maglie
Città di Maglie
Maglie piazza Aldo Moro.jpg
Coat of arms
Coat of arms
Location of Maglie
Maglie is located in Italy
Maglie
Maglie
Location of Maglie in Italy
Maglie is located in Apulia
Maglie
Maglie
Maglie (Apulia)
Coordinates: 40°7′N 18°8′E / 40.117°N 18.133°E / 40.117; 18.133
CountryItaly
RegionApulia
ProvinceLecce (LE)
FrazioniMorigino
Government
 • MayorErnesto Toma
Area
 • Total22.66 km2 (8.75 sq mi)
Elevation
81 m (266 ft)
Population
(1 January 2018)
 • Total14,196
 • Density630/km2 (1,600/sq mi)
Demonym(s)Magliesi
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
73024
Dialing code0836
Patron saintSt. Nicholas of Bari
Saint day9 May
WebsiteOfficial website

Maglie (Salentino: Maje; Griko: Μάλιαι, translit. Màje; Latin: Mallae) is a town and comune in the province of Lecce in the Apulia region of south-east Italy.

History[edit]

The Maglie area was settled as early as the Bronze Age and the early Iron Age, and before, as testified by the presence of archaic dolmens and menhirs, and by the Cattìe site, discovered in 1980, and featuring 12,000 tools and 800 bone remains.

Maglie, initially a countriside casale, developed around the castle built in the 13th century, probably under the Angevine kings of Naples and later renewed by Andriolo Lubello, the local baron under king Alfonso I of Aragon.

Main sights[edit]

  • Duomo (Cathedral, also called Chiesa Collegiata). It was built in the late 18th century on the site of two previous buildings tracing back to 14th and 16th century. Its bell tower (1686–90), standing at about 48 metres (157 ft), is the tallest in the province. The four upper storeys are attributed to Giuseppe Zimbalo.
  • Church of Madonna delle Grazie, in Baroque style (early 16th century). The interior has a 1645 Baroque altar and 17th century canvasses. It also features a column, similar to the Lecce's Column of St. Oronzo by Zimbalo, built in 1684–87.
  • Church of Madonna Addolorata (18th century)
  • Palazzo Baronale

Economy[edit]

Maglie's economy is based on commerce, craftmanship (especially of local stone), and tourism.

Transportation[edit]

Maglie is served by the Ferrovie Sud Est Zollino-Gagliano and Maglie-Otranto lines.

It is crossed by two state roads, the SS16 Adriatica Lecce-Maglie-Otranto, and the SS275 from Santa Maria di Leuca.

People[edit]