Lucca Cathedral

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Maurizioago Maurizio…
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Saint Martin' s cathedral. Jan 23, 2017
The duomo of San Martino (or the cathedral) was founded in the VI century. It was rebuilt around 1060 and renewed between the XII and the XIII centuries. The interior was rebuilt in the 14th and 15th centuries.

One of the highlights of this church is Civitali' s tempietto; built in 1482. It houses the Volto Santo (Holy Face). A large wooden crucifix said to have been carved by Nicodemus; the biblical figure who helped Joseph of Arimathea remove Christ' s body from the cross. I read somewhere that this sculpture couldn' t be the original one, but could have been carved between XI and XIII centuries.

Another thing not to miss inside the church is the sarcophagus of Ilaria del Carretto. It was made between 1407 and 1408. Ilaria was one of Paolo Guinigi' s wifes. The lord of Lucca. She died very young. I think she was 26.
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croisbeauty croisbea…
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Catedrale di San Martino Jan 14, 2017
Cathedral of San Martino is the mother of all the churches located in the city of Lucca. According to legend, because of this there is no written document, the cathedral was founded by San Frediano in the 6th century. Later in 1060 the cathedral was given upgrade by Anselmo da Baggio, bishop of the city who later become Pope Alessandro II. The present external layouts originates from the 13th century.

Piazza San Martino, where the cathedral is situated, was pšlanned as a center of church life of Lucca, there is episcopate, baptistery and the church of Santi Giovanni e Reparata.

Representative and richly decorated front facade is the joint work of two great builder, Giudetto da Como and Nicola Pisano. The interior of the cathedral preserve valuable works of art of the great masters, such as Domenico Ghirlandaio, Tintoretto, and Jacopo della Quercia.
Vipin Vipin
691 reviews
Great stuff Apr 23, 2011
Lucca’s duomo is quite a strange building to look at from first inspection. This is partly explained by the fact that the building work started in the eleventh century and much of it was redone in a gothic style in the fourteenth century. The bell tower looks rather odd, and it’s quite clear that the two distinct styles of the building were put together by different minds. Before you enter the building, the stone figures that grace the doorway were chiselled by Pisano himself. When I visited it, the building was subject to heavy restoration. Nonetheless, the beautiful shades of blue and the well-constructed chapels make it a very worthy visit. I wasn’t disappointed at all and regard this as Lucca’s premier church visit.
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