saint leonard

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saint leonard

The Church of San Leonard is located in Via Vittorio Emanuele, near the port of Marina Grande.

It was built on the remains of a pre-existing chapel, founded in the 16th century, by the sailors of Sancio Cattolico, and it was dedicated to San Leonardo l’Orlèans, protector and freer of the slaves, imprisoned by the Turks.

Over the centuries, some reconstruction works has been made, and that is why to this day the church has this structural conformation, and appears in all its splendour.

The church’s plant has a Latin cross with apse and transept. At the end of the central navy, there is a major altar, surmounted by the statue of San Leonard, realized during the 19th century and correlated by the representation of the Gospel and a little slave.

Furthermore, the church presents a Baroque façade, and a nineteenth-century bell tower.

Nowadays it is the Reds (or the Grieving) Fraternity House.