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San Frediano

Address: Piazza San Frediano, 55100 Lucca, Italy
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Ranked #9 of 76 things to do in Lucca
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious sites, Historic sites, Sights & Landmarks
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Type: Religious sites, Historic sites, Sights & Landmarks

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22 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

Don't stop with admiring the beautiful fresco on the exterior of this church, go inside and see the gorgeous baptistry (with roman soldiers playing the role of the Egyptians in the Moses story), the actual body of local girl turned saint,St. Zita (a lifetime domestic servant whose saintliness was apparently her virgi it's and her loyalty to her e player... More 

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Savannah, GA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

The Nativity in San Frediano was exquisite this year. The cappella in which it was presented was so appropriate and the loving care with which the scene was presented was inspiring. Thank you to all who had a hand in this touching display.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

Within the beautiful walled city of Lucca there are many wonderful buildings to see, but San Frediano with it's understated exterior was my favourite. The sun reflecting on the golden 'Ascention' mosaic facade will hopefully attract your attention as this 13th century church is well worth visiting. Inside there are amazing frescos from the 15 hundreds and beautiful carvings. The... More 

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Denham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014 via mobile

if you want to visit the inside of the church, be mindful of the entry times. But even you do not go inside, the outside of the church is stunning and worth a visit.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

So many features to see, with all 'round views and detailed work. Even our teens found this quite amazing. Near Anfiteatro, free to enter 8.30-12 and 2.30-5.30.

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Bolton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

This 13th century church is so beautiful. Fridianus (Frediano) was an Irish bishop of Lucca in the first half of the 6th century. In the 13th-14th centuries the striking façade was decorated with a huge golden 13th century mosaic representing The Ascension of Christ the Saviour with the apostles below. Berlinghiero Berlinghieri designed it in a Byzantine/medieval style.

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Victoria Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

We were holidaying nearby and rode past each morning on our way to get coffee and one morning we heard singing and quicly stepped in. This Church is lovely and all the more so because a choir of German tourists were signing and the sound was devine

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Rijswijk, Holland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

The basilique of San Frediano is famous for its golden and blue mosaic on the outside. Inside you can admire the Fonte Lustrale (where Moses leads his people - dressed as Crusaders - through the Red Sea. You must also have a look at the coloured wooden statue of Maria, Jacopo della Quercia's polyptych and Saint Zita's Chapel (I must... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

View the facade in the a.m. As the sun rises and hits the mosaic directly for photography purposes. Inside is worth a visit and has some great sacred art.

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Cranston, Rhode Island
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

San Frediano is located just a short distance from the Piazza Anfiteatro, the main square of Lucca. It is distinctive because of its beautiful mosaic facade, quite unusual even in Italy.

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