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St Martin Cathedral, Lucca
(4.2/5 based on 1,300+ 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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  • Definitely not to be missed if you are in Lucca this Cathedral of San Martino, containing beautiful paintings oil on canvas and especially suggest you dwell in the sacristy and admire the marble funeral monument of Ilaria del Carretto, created by the sculptor Jacopo della Quercia between 1406 and 1408 and the painting by Domenico Ghirlandaio, Madonna enthroned with child and saints. In fact the entrance fee of 3 000 was an unwelcome surprise, considering that in return is provided only a measly little card from which is also difficult to interpret the works ... and if you want to listen to the audio guide you have to pay 1 euro again. I suggest you read up on the free guided tours (usually Sunday), there was one (with organ concert) an hour before we noi...peccato...ad have known. Very interesting also the chapel of the Holy face which preserves a crucifix with Christ the grim-faced, sculpted by an artist that tradition would like (seems not truly so) attending in person to the crucifixion of Jesus, very impressive. You can buy a through ticket to visit other towns in the area (Museum, etc.) but we didn't have time.
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  • If I had counted something of as is Lucca simply do not believe. You have to be to see it. A little-known city, calculation not many people has it in mind to make your trip itinerary. To summarize many shades of this city: its center lies between its original walls very well preserved and lit, with only seeing them a few dates back to the 16TH or 17TH centuries. Their callesitas are still made of adobe, the homes and businesses remain in an adapted modern style without breaking with what at one point was. Their grilles giant of iron in windows and skylight of the basements, a wonder. I had the opportunity to meet her at night, walk without haste, with time to sit and watch people go with horses that closing one eye was an automatic trip to the medieval era.
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  • The Church is beautiful, let me start by saying I've visited but my fellow passengers no. This time I was very disappointed by the fact that x enter the church you have to pay as you go and visit a museum.
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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...