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Chiesa e Battistero di San Giovanni e Santa Reparata

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Address: Piazza San Giovanni | Centro storico, Lucca, Italy
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One Not to Miss

Although next to the cathedral, it could be missed, but must not be! Fantastic treasures found beneath Luca, amazing. It has to be seen.

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 23, 2015
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UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

Although next to the cathedral, it could be missed, but must not be! Fantastic treasures found beneath Luca, amazing. It has to be seen.

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St. Albert, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

The chiesa is worthy to visit and know. The church is a beauty and the restoration is impressive; the excavations resulted something unexpected and very interesting. Take the time to walk and admire everything in there.

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Clitheroe, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015 via mobile

I almost don't want to spoil the surprise but don't want anyone to miss this. The church is nice but the excavations ( which are hardly mentioned anywhere) are remarkable, ancient foundations vying with mediaeval pulpits and Roman mosaics all jostling for attention beside the metal walkways. It took our breath away, but left us wanting more, more information, the... More 

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Peaks Island, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

We finally went to see the restoration and excavations and were totally overwhelmed by the hidden treasures that have been found beneath San Giovanni. It really makes you wonder what lies below,the rest of Lucca. Also do climb the tower for wonderful views. The oracle in the Baptisrty is something I was so unaware of.....

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Bridgend, Wales, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

As it is right next door to the Cathedral, it might be easy to miss, but you can get (a cheaper) joint entry. It is really a large empty building, but as other reviewers have said, it is the excavations under the church that make it so worthwhile. Scattered around the trenches are laminated sheets in a variety of languages... More 

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Victoria Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

The Church is beautiful and so very interesting. The excavations under the Church are fascinating as well. Depends of what you are looking for when you go into a Church. We love to sit and admire the interior and its beauty of an Italian Church, so we thoroughly enjoyed this one.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

I agree with an earlier review : if you are able to see just one thing in Lucca, then make it this church. The church itself is interesting enough, but it is what has been excavated under the church that is truly fascinating. The excavations have revealed several layers of various constructions going back over two thousand years, & through... More 

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

Chiesa e Battistero di San Giovanni e Santa Reparata is not worth € 4,- when you can only see the underground excavations. The outside is far more interesting.

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Guildford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

The excavations seem to extend all the way under the floor of the church and go back to roman and 1st century Christian times. Amazing to see a section of roman floor in such good conditions and the subsequent alterations and buildings.

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Conway, MA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

We enjoyed visiting this Museum, and the excavations in the basement area were quite interesting. My husband climbed the tower and took wonderful photos showing Lucca from above.

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