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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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  • We had just arrived in Lucca and were admiring the beautiful mosaics on the front of the Basilica of San Frediano when the corner of my eye caught movement and I managed to take a snap of this unusual...  more »
  • The Romanesque Basilica of San Frediano is about 1000 years old but its beautiful golden mosaic was added in the 14th century.  more »
  • Another beautiful basilica - the inside not as spectacularly decorated as later churches so it was helpful to see what these churches were like pre renaissance  more »
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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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