The Basilian Crypt of S. Stefano or S. Giorgio

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In a hot summer, in 1955, while normal readjustment works were being done in Vico Bianco, I took the advantage to show myself to the modern public, and became centre of discussion in April 1957, when researchers declared that I was among the most interesting Basilian crypts of the province...

In a hot summer, in 1955, while normal readjustment works were being done in Vico Bianco, I took the advantage to show myself to the modern public, and became centre of discussion in April 1957, when researchers declared that I was among the most interesting Basilian crypts of the province of Lecce.
Chisel sculptured in a tuff bank, I cover about 23 sq.m with an elliptical circular form, showing the various adjustments I have been through in time. An example is constituted by the second pillar, more precise and formed of Cursi ashlar blocks: certainly built later on, probably fearing that the vault would fall.
Inside me, there are two big circular holes used as air inlets.
Beyond the last step of the staircase I welcome visitors with a rough arch, with two small niches on its right: the traces of smoke I still conserve on the edges remind me of the lit oil lamps of the devotees during prayers and sacred rites of this small town centre.

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