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St Martin Cathedral, Lucca

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#2 of 13 in Historic Sites in Lucca
Architectural Building Historic Site
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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  • Must see for art treasures abrites within its walls, including an impressive lying in the sacristy and ground a judgment of Solomon
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  • The cathedral is a nice example of religious building of Lucca. Important are the volto santo (but it is quasi impossible to see the sculpture in its entire shape or to make pictures of it) and the Or...  more »
  • The Cathedral honors Saint-Martin of the façade, with a beautiful equestrian statue, and surprises with the variety and subtlety of the games of colours and lights. The small windows to the modern stained glass windows (with effective lighting) give, with the beautiful almost white stone the pillars and the walls, a beautiful colored light that highlights the paintings and liturgical furnishings. We did not regret the price of the entrance ticket.
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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 photogenic cathedral with a specific "double-coloured" architecture.
  • Very impressive cathedral, but entrance is 4 EUR. Tower is under construction so it wastes the view.

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Explore northern Tuscany from a hotel or B&B located in Lucca's historical town center. The city's luxury lodging options offer free parking and access to outstanding downstairs eateries. To experience a little of that famous Tuscan countryside, consider booking your stay at a family-owned farm just outside Lucca. Though a bit far from the city's main attractions, small farms in the surrounding area offer inexpensive rooms, good food, and a chance to experience Tuscany's nature and local way of life.
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