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Lucca's Duomo (Cattedrale di San Martino)

Piazza San Martino, Lucca, Italy
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Ranked #6 of 44 Attractions in Lucca
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites
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Gainesville, FL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

A must see for Lucca, especially the cross. The murals are beautiful, so much antiquity in one cathedral.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

We decided to spend the day in Lucca and took the train from Florence. Lucca is magical--seems like Venice without the canals! The Duomo is beautiful, and worth paying the combined admission price to visit all the attractions connected with it. We enjoyed the Museum very much, and the setting in the Piazza San Martino is stunning. We would return... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

This cathedral is not as showy as others in Tuscany but it is just as interesting. Inside you can look at the much revered Volto Santo, but more interesting is the beautiful tomb of Ilaria, the young wife of Paolo Guinigi who died so young.

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Scotland, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

The Cathedral is impressive, but the visit is worth it to see the Tomb of Ilaria, it is amazing to see how a sculptor can turn marble into soft folds of material and plump pillows, beautiful and sad as you are looking at a tribute to such a young woman.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

9.19.2014 -- there was a queue to get in with tickets. I decided to pass. According to my husband's report, it has nice stained-glass windows. I sat on the steps of Del Monte di Lucca to gat a better perspective of the cattedrale.

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Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

Loved this Basilica and its chapels. The Volto Santo is placed in an octagonal temple and is worth meditating on. The Cross has been venerated since the Middle Ages. The museum is also wonderful and it is not crowded.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

Lucca is truly magical and you must if you get the chance to visit. It's romantic and beautifully quaint. Cobbled streets lovely shops and Ristorantes along with Cafe's. Art deco and scuptors the Duomo is magical !!! we will be going back give yourself time here lots of it !!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

If you can travel for the Illumination Ceremony, it is so impressive and the way the Crucifix is dressed is worth the trip alone

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

On our 4th visit to Lucca we finally visited the cathedral - not sure if it was closed on previous visits. It is architecturally different from many others. A particular feature of interest is the Tempietto, a small internal structure housing the Volto Santo, an effigy of the crucfixion from the 13th century.

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Telford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

Well worth a visit, imposing setting in the piazza San Martino, the facade is amazing and inside is peaceful and beautiful

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