Church of St. Mary of the Rose

Church of St. Mary of the Rose, Lucca

Church of St. Mary of the Rose

Church of St. Mary of the Rose
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Henry J
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Close to Lucca’s city walls this little church is well worth a visit if ever it is open as you pass by. It has a lot of character, interesting architecture and a pleasing scale. There was a nun praying in the church when we visited, which was nice to witness.
Written October 21, 2019
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Shona-Charlie
Edinburgh, UK125 contributions
Couples
This is really a beautiful little church which is probably much overlooked by visitors to Lucca because it's just outside the main thoroughfare and it's often closed. We were lucky enough to stay on the same street so were able to visit inside on a few occasions when it was opened. The architecture itself is very interesting but the murals are also very beautiful and one wall is one of the original Roman walls of Lucca. If you get the chance to visit when it's open do so, it's not grand but its more beautiful and peaceful than many of the larger churches in Lucca.
Written April 17, 2019
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Mitchell S
37 contributions
Couples
This small church is among the handful of places where you can connect dramatically with the Roman heritage of Lucca. A large chunk of the ancient wall built by the Romans that once surrounded the city was appropriated by the builders of this church and used for the western wall. You can only see it from inside the church, which is rarely open. If you happen to pass by at a time when the church is open, don't miss it -- it just takes a few minutes.
Written December 6, 2018
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mariacamilo43
Lisbon, Portugal63 contributions
Solo
May be my evvaluation should be more conservative, but it is indeed a jewel that few foreigners visit, right in a narrow street behind the Duomo; it is beautiful from the outside and inside is a real delicate jewel
Written May 1, 2018
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abque
Albuquerque, NM16 contributions
Friends
I don't know if there is a schedule for the peaceful chapel. My friend was renting across the street so when she saw the lights on we made a point to visit. .Just as described by others. We learned that the beautiful, elderly nun oversees visitors after years as a missionary in The Congo. The juxtaposition of images of Jesus on Roman walls that preceded His life was intense.
Written April 17, 2017
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Sérgio N
Lisbon, Portugal239 contributions
Family
Strolling around the city on our way to the wall, we passed by this small church and entered. Inside there are small altars taken care by nuns.
Written December 19, 2016
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David S
Middlesbrough, UK1,398 contributions
Couples
My wife and I popped in to this little gem while visiting Lucca and were pleased we did. It’s surrounded in religious majesty, possesses a wonderful harmonious atmosphere and the statue of the Madonna with the Rose is charming.
Written November 25, 2015
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niki101
London, UK767 contributions
Solo
This is a little gem and it is only a few minutes’ walk from Lucca’s cathedral.

There was no visitors and it was very peaceful (a dream of every visitor). A nun was sitting quietly in the corner; she was obviously not in a mood to talk. When I asked her if I could take photos, she nodded reluctantly.

It is said that the church as we see it dates from a 1309 -1333 construction at the site of an older oratory devoted to an icon of the Madonna, holding a Rose.

When you walk down the altar on the left you will see one of the few remaining sections of the original Roman walls built into the structure of the church. The window panels with the yellow and orange colour give the interior a supreme beauty; the frescoes over the arches complement the splendid atmosphere. Near the door there is a portrait of San Giovanni Leonardi. The life of his Order of priests started right here, in Santa Maria della Rosa.

I was lucky as the church was open at the time of my visit. If it’s closed, admire the church outside. Take a look at the side façade: it is embellished with beautiful arches. Find the statue of the Madonna with child, holding roses in her hands, at the corner of the structure.

Admission is free but the church, like all churches in Lucca, has strict hours of opening.
Written October 31, 2015
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Martino B
Chelmsford, UK4,850 contributions
Business
This is a beautiful little church nestled in Lucca and like all churches do not miss the opportunity to go inside it’s stunning
Written September 18, 2018
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Mitchell S
37 contributions
Friends
The east interior wall of this little gem of a church is the only surviving visible fragment of the ancient Roman wall that once surrounded the city two thousand years ago -- predating the current city walls by a millennium and a half. You will be lucky if you happen to catch a time when the church is open for viewing, as it is mostly closed. But if you do have an opportunity, be sure to take it, especially if you love ancient history and viewing the ruins of past civilizations.
Written December 10, 2016
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