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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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  • Very nice tourist place. Very photographic. I am sorry i came on a rainy day so i did not take any ohoti this time 
  • Lucca Cathedral, also known as Lucca Cathedral, is one of the oldest churches in Tuscany. The foundations date back to the 6th century fate at the behest of San Frediano, who retired to a hermit in the nearby monti pisani, hired as Bishop at the behest of the citizens. The Church was destroyed and rebuilt in 1070 Pope Alexander I and Matilda of Canossa. The Cathedral, which today appears has little of its original structure; the Romanesque façade remains above all the beautiful decorations. The strangeness of the façade is the strong asymmetry, the right arch is in fact much closer to the Center and left. The plan is a Latin cross and divided into three naves, the atmosphere is Gothic and decorated with Romanesque elements. The side walls meet various paintings by famous authors such as Ghirlandaio and others, including the last supper by Jacopo Tintoretto. In the vestry side, there is the sepulchral monument of Ilaria del Carretto by Jacopo della Quercia, one of the most important sculptures of the Italian artistic heritage and then medieval art paintings (among others), including Madonna with child between Saints Peter, Clement, Paolo and Sebastiano di Domenico Ghirlandaio and in the Lunette a dead Christ supported by Nicodemus attributed to the workshop of Filippino Lippi. On the opposite side to the sacristy, stands the ancient crucifix of the Holy face (or Holy Cross), one of the most important relics of the Catholic faith, preserved in a special "tempietto" 15th century octagonal-shaped building.
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  • An unexpectedly beautiful historic walled town that brings medieval architecture including cobblestone streets, churches and houses to life. The town is bustling with stores and restaurants. My favori...  more »
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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...