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San Frediano

Address: Piazza San Frediano, 55100 Lucca, Italy
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Ranked #3 of 40 Attractions in Lucca
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Cultural
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Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Cultural

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65 reviews 65 reviews
41 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
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
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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105 helpful votes 105 helpful votes
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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69 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
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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Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina
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30 reviews 30 reviews
21 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
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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Telford, United Kingdom
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8 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

Don't miss this beautiful church, lovely both inside and out. Remember to look up as you approach to see the paintings

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Newcastle, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

Lucca has some of the best churches I've seen, from small hidden chapels to the Duomo they are all delightful in their own special way...find your way around the city from one of the free maps and the information places or one of the talking guide machines which are fantastic and tell you so much..disabled access is better in Lucca... More 

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San Francisco, California
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

This was the only church we went inside of in Lucca. It is a very worthwhile destination. The interior is peaceful and quiet with some very nice objects to view. There were quite a few people visiting on the day we were there, however, it was not congested by any means. The façade, with its magnificent medieval mosaic, is quite... More 

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London, United Kingdom
13 reviews 13 reviews
10 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

This church was interesting inside and out. Well worth a visit and not necessarily one that is the easiest to find straight away.

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