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San Michele in Foro

1,397 Reviews

San Michele in Foro

1,397 Reviews
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bruno l wrote a review Oct 2020
Singapore, Singapore750 contributions265 helpful votes
You must go and admire San Michele Both inside and outside are quite impressive. You will notice that external sides of the church are totally different. And at night you may go back and stare at the statue of St Michel on the very top, and try to see the reflection of his huge diamond ring :)
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Date of experience: August 2020
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MustTravel wrote a review Oct 2020
Cape Town Central, South Africa112 contributions37 helpful votes
San Michele is a beautiful Chiesa in Lucca and a definate must visit. The artwork and interior are superb. Definately worth a visit. Please note to be respectful and dress appropriately.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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david_marshall30 wrote a review Feb 2020
Lucca, Italy87 contributions32 helpful votes
Beautiful church, in black and white stonework outside. Free entry , there is a great Fra Lippi painting inside of the four local saints. Well worth a visit, especially in summer to escape the heat.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Stay720364 wrote a review Feb 2020
48 contributions39 helpful votes
The Duomo is very fine, but for my money it's out-done by the facade of San Michele in Foro, whose tiers of arcaded columns are twisted, each column unique; three main storeys and then a facade of two more, so that it really towers, with the camapanile much less dominant at the far end, providing harmonious balance. The facade is topped by a huge central winged St Michael the Archangel slaying the dragon with one hand and holding an orb aloft in the other, with other angels at either end. Arches within arches, all ornate, and the gleaming white marble facade is intricately decorated at all levels with mosaics of animals. The sides also have engaged columns below and arcaded columsn above This may be the most extraordinary church facade in Italy and I wished I'd brought my binoculars. Inside very plain! By the way, for really enormous facade mosaics, San Frediano's 13th Century mosaic of The Ascension is well worth a visit, plus, it's at an access point to the walk atop the city walls.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Michael R wrote a review Dec 2019
Phoenix, Arizona297 contributions35 helpful votes
There is no admission charge for this cathedral rising above where the Roman forum was and at a crossroads of trade and pilgrimages. I thought the outside had many interesting features, and the inside, as noted by others, is relatively plain compared to others in Italy (and even in Lucca). The angel statue on the front top facade has moveable wings (ostensibly to flex in the wind) and we were also told that in the ancient past, the priests would either pull on a rope to make the wings move, or would climb up behind it on the visible stairs and move the wings, presumably to the astonishment of the parishioners below (maybe an art historian or historian/architect would know the truth). It's easy to access and wander around inside. And worth visiting as a major site in Lucca
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Date of experience: November 2019
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