"The most wonderful atrium" Duomo di San Martino Tip by leics

Duomo di San Martino, Lucca: 22 reviews and 42 photos

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by leics

Even if you don't go inside, you really must visit the atrium of the Duomo di San Martino.

It is full of the most wonderful carvings, some of which a date back to the 5th century.

You'll find a labyrinth, monsters, realistic animals, the months of the year and the Medieval activities which too place in each one of them, a 'Tree of Life' which starts with Adam & Eve and ends with Christ...

A superb place to spend 20 minutes or so just exploring all the most intricate details of the carvings. Some are by Nicola Pisano, others by various local Medieval (and earlier)stonemasons. I have more photos here.


Address: Piazza S. Martino
Directions: Easily accessed from all parts of central Lucca

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Nov 20, 2008
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