Minervino di Lecce

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Minervino di Lecce
Comune di Minervino di Lecce
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Coat of arms of Minervino
Coat of arms
Minervino di Lecce is located in Italy
Minervino di Lecce
Minervino di Lecce
Location of Minervino di Lecce in Italy
Coordinates: 40°6′N 18°26′E / 40.100°N 18.433°E / 40.100; 18.433
Country Italy
Region  Apulia
Province Lecce (LE)
Frazioni Cocumola, Specchia Gallone
 • Mayor Ettore Caroppo
 • Total 17 km2 (7 sq mi)
Elevation 98 m (322 ft)
Population (31 July 2009)
 • Total 3,832
 • Density 230/km2 (580/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Minervinesi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 73027
Dialing code 0836
Patron saint St. Anthony
Saint day 13 June
Website Official website

Minervino di Lecce is a town and comune in the province of Lecce, Apulia, south-eastern Italy. It is situated in the eastern part of the Salento peninsula about 43 kilometres (27 mi) from Lecce, not far from Otranto.

Main sights[edit]

  • Mother church (mid-16th century), one of the most refined Renaissance churches in the Salento. It has carved portals, a richly decorated and wide rose window, large bronze bell and a decorated apse in local stone. One of the portal has a large statue of St. Michael Archangel.
  • Church of Madonna delle Grazie
  • Convent of St. Anthony (1624)

The Dolmen Li Scusi, in the town's countryside towards Uggiano La Chiesa, is the largest dolmen in Apulia after that of Bisceglie. The frazione of Cocumola is home to numerous Messapic granarys (locally known as fogge) and several menhirs.