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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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Originally a fourth century church, excavated to reveal its history

This is a fascinating place. It was originally a fourth century church, but it undergone extensive modifications over the years. It has been excavated below ground level and the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 16, 2015
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Bangor, United Kingdom
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Bangor, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2015

This is a fascinating place. It was originally a fourth century church, but it undergone extensive modifications over the years. It has been excavated below ground level and the excavations have been labelled to show the different stages of development. The 14th century Baptistery roof is lovely. You can climb modern stairs in the campanile to look out over the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2015

Having visited St Martins and St Michael' churches already we did not think we would be overly wow'd, by the very stark in comparison, San Giovanni Cathedral but we were wrong. Walking through the underground excavation makes feel as though you have gone back in time. And the climb up to the bell tower was for me the very best... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

Very nice but not really a church just a building they use for other things like concerts. The inside is very nice though if you like looking at the ancient buildings

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Carmel, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2015

We first experieced the interior of the church at a spectaclar evening of Puccini's music and followed the evening up with a day time tour to see the spectacular and really historic (1st Century BC yes BC!) Roman Bath ruins located in the lower levels of the church. Thought the interior of the church was much more plain than other... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2015

It is not a functioning church anymore. They use the facility for concerts. The interior of the church is Romanesque. The best part however is toward the back where you can go below the ground floor. Churches were often built upon older foundations and they have done a wonderful job of excavating this site without it being disruptive. Very cool.

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Geldrop, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2015

Lucca is such a beautiful place. Rent a bike and you can ride over the city walls. You will come across this nice churcj, which is a little hidden, but definitely worth a visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 via mobile

One site not to be missed if you love history and ancient architecture. The church is just the current occupant of the site. A unique archeological excavation lies in the low dark chambers underneath. The many layers reveal structures from a Roman temple to the first Christian church of Lucca. The site is very accessible and allows you to walk... More 

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Lucca, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Beautiful, breathtaking performance of Puccini s work. Tears in my eyes and goose pumps everywhere. Every day, every week, every month for 12 years now. Every day different. I listened to Puccini and Mozart. True Professionals. If you love classical music. You have te go. 19.15 pm

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

Every evening there is a Puccini concert in the old church. Always of a high standard and the acoustics are superb! Highly recommended.

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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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