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Basilica of San Frediano, Lucca

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Religious Site Church
Stop into Basilica of San Frediano, known for its enormous golden 13th-century mosaic of Christ's ascension, designed by Berlinghiero Berlinghier in a Byzantine style. The inside of the cathedral is carved entirely of white marble, and houses Roman capitals repurposed from the Roman amphitheater nearby. The focal point, though, is the enormous 12th-century baptismal font, the Fonte Lustrale, decorated with biblical scenes by medieval Lombardi sculptors. Outside, you can enjoy dinner at one of the cafes along with views of the cathedral's glittering facade. Using our international travel planner, Lucca attractions like Basilica of San Frediano can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Small entrance fee, worth it! Lots of beautiful paintings, sculptures, marble, history. Wasn't so keen on the mummified corpse of st zita. Whole visit was memorable  more »
  • Beautiful outside beautiful inside and so much charm in all works of art that are also restored beautifully. A beauty without fanfare but with so much class.
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  • I did not have the opportunity to visit this church but the front worth the detour of a few streets during your visit in Lucca.
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  • Where can u find such a beautiful mosaic as the one that you find on San Frediano façade?
  • Beautiful cathedral with imposant gold mosaic
  • Nice mosaic.
  • Nice!
  • Extraordinarily beautiful, understated Church. Pay particular attention to the huge mosaic on the façade. Almost seems like it is painted. Also viewing the mummified body of a local Holy (sister Zita) bijzonderd.
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Explore northern Tuscany from a hotel or B&B located in Lucca's historical town center. The city's luxury lodging options offer free parking and access to outstanding downstairs eateries. To experience a little of that famous Tuscan countryside, consider booking your stay at a family-owned farm just outside Lucca. Though a bit far from the city's main attractions, small farms in the surrounding area offer inexpensive rooms, good food, and a chance to experience Tuscany's nature and local way of life.
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