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St Martin Cathedral, Lucca

Categories: Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Tourist Spots
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4.2/5 based on 1,200+ reviews on the web
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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  • A large monument of medieval and Renaissance Italian art history, a treasure to go with due attention by the asymmetrical façade to the Atrium, with the mysterious maze, inside the Temple of Civitali, until the sacristy where rests motionless and sweet Ilaria del Carretto.
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  • Admission fee (€ 3.00), nice but like so many other cathedrals and churches. I honestly don't know whether it is worthwhile to pay to visit.
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  • A dome which conceals the most esoteric and mystical meanings. In addition to having the presence "of the flower of life" designed and disseminated for the Church, the entrance, on the right side, there is "the Labyrinth". Allegorical design that signifies how the individual, once himself, must distrecarsi in the labyrinth of themselves to find the Center "himself". Mystical meaning of initiation. Near there is carved a phrase which means: This is the labyrinth built by Daedalus in Crete from which nobody could leave entratovi save Theseus thanks to Ariadne's thread. You think, mythologically speaking that it represents the layout of the Palace of Knossos in Crete (Minotaur/maze cit).
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  • 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.
  • Bellissima chiesa
  • An ancient cathedral with a vintage architectural view, nothing short of beautiful but nothing so great about it too. Once you walk in through the walls of the old town you can follow the directions to the Duomo as well as the Bell tower.
  • Gorgeous. A little jewel in a not so touristic town.
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