Basilica of San Frediano, Lucca

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#4 of 13 in Historic Sites in Lucca
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. Plan to visit Basilica of San Frediano and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Lucca attractions using our Lucca trip planning app .
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  • August 17, 2017
    There is that in Italy you can see such Splendors. You can see the mummified body of Saint Zita in the Fatinelli Chapel.
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  • August 16, 2017
    Beautiful church in the center of Lucca visited only from outside to a unique style not to be missed
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  • August 15, 2017
    An incredible Church for both architecture and content. A glance outside very very nice. Colors and unique frescoes, seems to have created yesterday. To visit and photograph absolutely. Symbol of an entire city.
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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.
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  • 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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