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St Martin Cathedral, Lucca

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Look for a curious collection of columns and a 13th-century labyrinth at . Its grand apse and campanile date back to 1063, while the Gothic nave and transepts are from the 14th century. According to local legend, the city held a contest among artists for the best column. Instead of choosing a winner, the townspeople decided to take them all without paying the artists. The labyrinth on the right pier of the portico is thought to predate the famous Chartres maze. You may even catch an organ performance, which will be enhanced by the stone structure's incredible acoustics. Using our online itinerary creator, Lucca attractions like St Martin Cathedral can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Passing near Lucca, we decided to splurge a little. Just little time! We walked to the bell tower that we saw in the parking lot. We arrived in a beautiful square where master makes this beautiful Cathedral of St Martin. I can't describe it with details, because the weather was too little. I WILL COME BACK, it's a wonder; works of art throughout the hotel! If you switch from Lucca, fermativi visiting this Cathedral.
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  • Beautiful Cathedral definitely worth visiting. Inside artwork and in particular the tomb of Ilaria del carretto
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  • The Cathedral of San Martino in Lucca's artistic achievement of great and recognized merit. Featuring a façade decoratively rich (whose characteristic is the strong asymmetry, the right arch is in fact much closer to the Center and left. You do not know the true reason for this "architectural license": you probably had to take account of the existing Bell Tower, but still weird, rare for a Christian building), is particularly linked to 4 works in it: the statue of Saint Martin and the pauper (created by a Byzantine artist in the 13th century), the marble tomb of Ilaria del Carretto by Jacopo della Quercia (marked by a clear classical style that conveys the feeling that the woman is fast asleep and that we must wake at any moment with each other), the maze (located at the side entrance under the smaller arch) and especially the statue-reliquary of the Holy face, a crucifix representing the body and the face of Christ, placed in the left aisle of the Cathedral of San Martino, enclosed in a small temple with a central plan built , in Carrara marble, in the second half of the fifteenth century by Matteo Civitali (1436 – Lucca, Lucca, 1502). One is immediately struck by the face of this crucifix (always extremely associated with the imprint of the Shroud for the hard-hitting similarity): the dark color and the strokes are different from the normal crucifixes that we usually see, and in fact according to ancient legend, the Holy face was carved by Nicodemus, man that is mentioned in the Gospel of John (Jn. 19.38), after the resurrection and Ascension of Christ. Nicodemus, not really a very good sculptor, was helped more by divine grace that her art sculpting a bust of the Holy face. Then, tired, fell asleep, leaving to carve the head. When he wakes up, however, the crucifix was completed, because the angels during the night had worked for him. During the period of persecution, the opera was given in Isacar, man and God, who hid for generations. An Angel pointed to Bishop Gualfredo the presence of the cross, which had to be moved to a suitable location to public worship. After it has been transported to the shore of the nearby city of Joppa, placed the cross on a boat and entrusted to Divine Providence. In 782 a.d., the ship from the East landed on the beaches of Luni. At the head of the Diocese of Lucca there was John I, known to have him taken into town the bodies of many saints, who appeared in a dream an angel who suggested he go to Luni to catch the boat and its precious cargo. Many controversies erupted and, to quell the riots, it was decided that the Holy Cross would be placed on an oxcart and if, let loose the horses, they dragged the carriage towards Lucca, the sacred image was of Lucchesi, otherwise it would go to Luni. Once again entrusted to Providence, the cross was directed by oxen to Lucca, where it resides today. Last mystery, beyond the maze, "the last supper by Tintoretto" (also with table view lengthwise), painted in 1590, in which there are no Jesus and 11 men, 2 servants, one male and one female and on the right, a very feminine character, dressed as the breastfeeding woman in the foreground, i.e. with a bow on the breast, dressed in red and with a quite prosperous.
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  • Beautiful place. Having a wine and enjoying the splendour....
  • Beautiful Cathedral and the view of the Lucca from the tower was incredible. Excellent museum as well.
  • Nice, but being renovated so you cannot experience the 'original' view
  • Very impressive cathedral, but entrance is 4 EUR. Tower is under construction so it wastes the view.
  • A stunning cathedral in the town of 100 churches...