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"Cathedral S Martino" Duomo di San Martino - Cathedral Tip by prleprle

Duomo di San Martino - Cathedral, Lucca: 26 reviews and 51 photos

  Cathedral S Martino, Lucca, Italy
by prleprle
 
 

This cathedral, Lucca's Duomo, founded in the 6th century by S. Frediano, has a 13th century façade decorated with sculpted pilasters of a variety of shapes and some very fine bas-reliefs. The entrance has beautiful carved arches and huge doors. Among the sights inside the dark cathedral, is the much valued Volto Santo (Holy Face), a crucifix that is believed to be an actual portrait of Jesus Christ and was said to have been carved by a friend of Jesus. Also here is the remarkable Tomb of Illaria del Carretto, a sculpture of the tomb of a young bride by Jacopo della Quercia. She was much loved, and when she died in childbirth, she was greatly mourned.

Address: Piazza S. Martino
Directions: Old walled town
Phone: +39 0583 496767
Website: http://www.museocattedralelucca.it/cattedrale.htm

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  • Updated Mar 16, 2003
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