Basilica Di San Frediano
Basilica Di San Frediano
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Mike R
Colchester, UK172 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2013 • Friends
Only a stone's throw from the famous Lucca amphitheatre is the church of San Frediano ( bishop of Irish origin) which was built in the 12th-13th century on the foundations of an even older (6th century) church. Its impressive mosaic façade is worth a visit alone but there is much more to see inside: fresco fragments, the floor tombs of Lorenzo Trent and his wife and a marvellous baptismal font by the under-rated genius Matteo Civitali, who was also responsible for the stunning statue of 'The Madonna of the Annunciation'. The work of Matteo Civitali (who seems to have been most active in the 1480s and 1490s) and his sons, can be found all over Lucca and all of it is worth seeing.
Written August 5, 2013
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Gaetano C
La Spezia, Italy56 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2013 • Family
Even if you do not understand art at all, the exterior and the interior of this church can give you wonderfull sensations. Its strong side is the semplicity. The most beutifull pieces of art are the baptism bath (an incredible 1100ac sculpture), the bassorilievo on the left side of the churchby Jacopo della Quercia (one of the first exponent of renaissance), and the Aspertini chapel (were faces from northern italy and europe are painted in strong contrast with the usual tuscan faces present in many Lucca paintings.
Just be carefull: the church is closed at 12 and reopen later in the afternoon: be aware of the masses and visit the church as soon as you see no masses are going on.
Written August 4, 2013
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21bernardl
New Providence, NJ79 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Couples
I was overjoyed to visit the Basilica of San Frediano during my day trip to Lucca. The interior was stunning and there were few tourists, giving the space a meditative feel. Don't miss the the huge 12th-century Romanesque baptismal font. The exterior's towering 13th century mosaic is a wonder of the city of Lucca. My visit was an unexpected highlight of my vacation in Tuscany.
Written June 13, 2019
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Louis S
Norcross, GA150 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2013 • Couples
Out of the 50 or so churches in Lucca Italy , a walled town in Tuscany,I found the most interesting to be the Basilica de San Frediano. Lying in state there is St. Zita, a remarkably preserved woman who was exhumed in the 1500's and canonized by the Catholic Church as The saint of maid servants. Lucca is an interesting walled city with narrow streets in Tuscany which is reminiscent of Ciena. On the way from the port city of Livorno you can see the leaning tower of Pisa in the distance. If it is your first visit to Tuscany I found Ciena,a 12 th century walled city, to be more interesting.
Written October 27, 2013
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ydonald
Poole, UK7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2012 • Friends
amazing facade and a really lovely place for reflection and thoughts. used by residents too
Written June 16, 2012
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LMSantarossa
Toronto, Canada95 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2012 • Friends
Here I thought the image we saw around town (a mosaic of Christ in glory) would be on the inside of the church. Instead, the fabulous mosaic is on the outside. Lovely church.
Written May 18, 2012
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mikils
Florence, Italy38 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2012
The romanesque style in Lucca has known 2 periods; the first period is noticeable for the simple lines and conservative stuctures, while the second period, heavily influenced by pisan style, is way richer and elaborately decorated. San Frediano, the third church on the same spot, is the most splendid church we still have from the first period. Originally dedicated to the Virgin and Saint Vincent, was eventually dedicated to Saint Frediano, the irish born Bishop of Lucca that managed to move the Serchio river away from the town - to avoid its disastrous floods- and built the church as an abbey on the reclaimed lands. Its simple yet grand exterior is enriched by the unique mosaic in the top half of the facade, completed by an artist of thr family Berlinghieri; originally the virgin stood between the Apostles, and when the church was rededicated a window was open in her stead. the interior is also beautifully preserved, and contains several masterpieces, such as the ancient fountain, or maybe baptistry - the real function is uncertain - beautifully carved with complex groups of statues, part of it by Biduino's hand. Another sculpture worth a trip is the altarpiece of the cappella Trenta, on the left of the church, masterpiece of Jacopo della Quercia. behind the fountain/fount, in an open space on the right wall, you can visit the chapel where the corpse of saint Zita, the patron saint of housemaids, is kept uncorrupted since her death in 1268
Written January 21, 2012
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TripEvalu8
New York City, NY225 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2011 • Friends
And they are all on the facade. Try to get there when the sun shines on them—morning in the fall and winter. It's difficult to get a good photo this time of year. The piazza is nice, with an excellent kitchen equipment store and a trattoria.
Written December 1, 2011
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Sharon A
The Villages, FL142 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
This is one of the many churches in Lucca. It has a beautiful Mosaic on the front face. It is also lovely inside. The street leading up to the "square" in front has several restaurants and shops.
Written November 23, 2019
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LucyFelthouse
Derbyshire217 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
We didn't go inside (we were a bit "churched out" by this point), but admired the outside, which is very beautiful and impressive. Worth a little detour if you're in this corner of town.
Written November 4, 2019
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