Calimera is a small town in Puglia in the province of Lecce, from which it’s distant only  16 km, completely surrounded by the best known  Grecia Salentina, an area ellenofona, with anoriginal language calledgriko.
The origins of Calimera are uncertain: the presence in the countryside  of important discoveries, such as the Dolmen Placa and  the Specchia dei Mori ( Mirror of the Moors), leads us to believe that the territory was already inhabited in the Bronze Age, although the modern urban center is probably a development of a settlement that took place around  the eleventh century. Its name probably derives from the greek Καλημέρα, which means  good morning or  another hypothesis which means  nice day.
Formerly known as an area of ​​coal production, today Calimera is known for its cultural activities or other related services.

What to see

The great cultural vitality that distinguishes the town of Calimera is undoubtedly the remarkable presence  of many artistic and architectural elements.
The Chiesa Madre is dedicated to San Brizio, protector of Calimera, and was built in 1689 on the ruins of an ancient temple. Of particular beauty are the baroque portal and, inside, the nine altars surmounted by  paintings of considerable value, including those of the  Madonna della Misericordia.
Inside  the Church of La  Madonna di Costantinopoli, already built in the sixteenth century, there is  a precious fresco of the Virgin , a painting that witnesses  the coexistence of the Greek and  Latin ritual. Finally, deep in the countryside,we find  the Chiesa of San Vito dating back to the year ‘500. According to the tradition of Easter Monday, people pass through the middle of a pre-Christian limestone megalith with in order to purify themselves. This ritual goes back to the rituals of fertility. The stone, at the top, has remains of the fresco depicting San Vito Martyr.
Particular are also the town's public gardens, that holds among other things a marble stone of the fourth century BC donated by the city of Athens in 1960, and several busts.
Finally, on the outskirts of town, many vestiges of the past, including the Dolmen Sepulchral Monuments made of slabs tapped into the ground and topped by slabs of a larger size .



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