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. To visit St Martin Cathedral and other attractions in Lucca, use our Lucca tour builder website .
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  • We spent an hour here, which would have been much longer had it not been for the rennovations and noise occurring. There are many lovely pieces of art, as well as the ceiling in the main center of the...  more »
  • Duomo of Lucca was the second attraction, with us on the road from the railway station in the Centre of the city (the first was the fortress wall). It is quite unusual-on the southern edge of the old town, and not in the Center, as is usually the case. The main façade of the Cathedral overlooks Piazza San Martino, North on Piazza Antelminelli. On the South side of the Cathedral are firmly with a Bell Tower, Bishop's Palace and other buildings. It is this coherence has made the main west façade of the Cathedral with asymmetrical that immediately catches the eye. The Cathedral is open from March to November 4: Monday-Friday 9.30-18.00; Saturday 9.30-18.45; Sunday and holidays 12.00-18.00. The Bell Tower is open daily from 10.00 to 18.00. In the summer-with 6 June to 30 September, the Cathedral and Bell Tower are closed one hour later (19.00). Winter timetable should be checked on site. The ticket price in Euro 3 Cathedral, combined ticket that includes the Cathedral, the Bell Tower, the Museum of the Duomo, the Baptistry and the Church of Santi Giovanni e Reparata-9 euros. We limit ourselves to just a visit to the Cathedral, the Bell Tower and all other museums have ignored, and look at the city from the top of the Tower decided against Guinidzhi, which, in contrast to the Cathedral, is situated in the heart of the city. The first church on this site was built.
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  • Cathedral ... spettacolare....in a huge square. We find them in a beautiful antique trade market. where we made several purchases ... to visit ...
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  • A surprisingly lovely church. Arrived on a cold, but sunny, day in February and didn't mind paying the €3 entrance fee. It is an enormous building with some surprisingly delicate features. The ceiling is a vivid blue and the pillars to the roof are finer than one would expect. The wall paintings are not that special; but some of the sculpture work is very nicely done. despite the cold. As the sun shone through the stained glass windows, it produced a very pleasing effect. Easily spent 30 minutes in there,
  • It is somehow hidden behind other building and you got to pay to visit it. There are prettier other churches in Italy to visit, in my humble opinion. If you are desperately seeking for a visit, then go for it, but you can skip it without fearing the fright of not seeing a "must see" in Italy
  • Beautiful columns. Very austere inside but the it adds to the atmosphere
  • This is a beautiful cathedral with excellent services for both Italians and tourists.
  • I like the facade of this church which is unique to this church also. The numerous pillars and arches in front makes it really amazing.
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