The De Donno Palace Eco-Museum of Leccese Stone

SAC-B-042

Before I was bought by the City Council, I belonged to the De Donno Family.
I develop on three floors: the hypogeum, the ground floor and the first floor.
The hypogeum cavity, according to the land register Onciario of Cursi from 1745, was used as an oil mill, that belonged to Prince Cicinelli...

Before I was bought by the City Council, I belonged to the De Donno Family.
I develop on three floors: the hypogeum, the ground floor and the first floor.
The hypogeum cavity, according to the land register Onciario of Cursi from 1745, was used as an oil mill, that belonged to Prince Cicinelli, feudal lord of the place and it was found under a building used as a storehouse.
In the 19th century, two phase interventions, one after the other, have been performed on my structure.
The first phase saw the creation of storage rooms on the ground floor, whilst the hypogeum was spaciously and structurally reorganized: the rooms were relocated around the centre, with a cupola resting on pillars that held the arches, according to model derived from an architectural tradition very common during that period.
The second phase, instead defined the features of the complex, through an architectural elegance of a residential first floor, the enrichment with moulding recorded from decorative repertoire in use at the time and the integration in the urban context, using the facade to define a side of the square as a side of the theatre wing.
However, the works in this phase were not completed, matter of fact, only one small quarter in “Liberty” style, was built on the first floor.
I was born in the year 2000, to safeguard, promote and enhance the physical culture of the caves and stone: I am the Leccese Stone Eco-museum. My purpose is aimed at techniques of extraction and processing, the methodology employed, caved and constructed territories, geo-morphological characteristics that make the site of Cursi one of the most interesting on a paleontological point of view.
All this is in prospective to see Cursi and the Leccese stone mining area geographically and culturally placed at the centre of Salento and the Mediterranean.

Latitudine 40°09'00.53”N
Longitudine 18°18'51.12”E

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