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You’ll no doubt have noticed the two distinctive buildings next to the column. The taller of the two is the Sedile, the former seat of the local council, built by Alessandro Saponaro in 1592. The two large pointed arches were once open, and it was in the loggia they formed that the mayor of the city granted audiences and administered justice. The military trophies sculpted above the arches, similar to those found on the gates of the city walls, were designed to glorify the city’s power.

The upper level, with three arches on each side, was once covered and used to store ammunition. The building is supported by four square pillars, with a design that makes it look as if there is a column on the inside; this is a typical feature of Lecce, also present in the Basilica of Santa Croce.

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