San Michele in Foro

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croisbeauty croisbea…
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San Michele in Foro Jan 13, 2017
The church of San Michele in Foro was erected on the former Roman Forum, which used to be situated on the podium, elevated above the level of the square itself. The construction of the church began in the 8th century. First reconstruction was in 1070, as desired by Pole Alessandro II, who was a formerly bishop of Lucca (his Bishop's name was Anselmo da Baggio). The following reconstruction was in the 14th century, when closed windows on the facade were added and the construction of bell tower begun. The most significant contribution in reconstruction have been made by Guidetto da Como.

In the Middle Ages the church could be entered only across the wooden bridge, Ponte al Foro, because there used to be channel with water around the church.

The church has a Latin cross plan in its interior and a strong influence of Pisan Romanesque style. On top of the four-lodge features stands a marble statue of the Archangel Michael with metal wings. In the facade is quiet evident influence of the Gothic style.

Local legend says that under the special conditions of light a green colored spark can be seen, which comes out of the statue. Narrative says that in ancient times there was a built-in emerald, which later was never found.
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Maurizioago Maurizio…
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San Michele in Foro. Jan 24, 2017
This church was built between the 11th and the 14th century. It is located where the Roman forum was.

Its richly sculpted facade is bigger than the rest of the chuch, because money ran out before it was completed.

At the top of the church you can see a statue of archangel Michael. It has movable wings. So that if the wind is strong they can be retracted.

A legend say that if you catch a green glimmer from the stature of the angel, in a peculiar condition of light you’ ll have good luck.
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Vipin Vipin
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Great facade Apr 24, 2011
Although the façade of the church was done up in the twelfth to the fourteenth centuries (by the same architect who designed the baptistery in Pisa), a church has been in existence on the site since the eighth century. Inside the architecture is a mix of the Romanesque and Gothic. The chapels are completed to a high standard and the paintings and stained glass windows are well done. Overall, it’s not a bad church visit but the façade of the church is what impressed or intrigued me the most. The medieval renovations were obviously tacked on, and while this practice was performed upon many Italian churches, it is very evident with this church if you look at it from a near distance and at the right angle. What a great veneer though, and I think this church is one of the nicest in Lucca.
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