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A masterpiece of this style is the Basilica of Santa Croce. The Leccese Barocco is an art style that developed between the end of the 16th century and the first half of the 18th century in Lecce and in the rest of Salento, recognizable by the elaborate decorations of buildings.
Influenced by the Spanish Plateresque (examples are the Hostal dos Reis Católicos, Praza do Obradoiro, Santiago de Compostela and the facade of the University of Salamanca), this style spread in Salento through the work of local architects as Giuseppe Zimbalo (1617-1710) and Giuseppe Cino (1644-1722).