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St Martin Cathedral, Lucca

#2 of 35 in Historic Sites in Lucca
Must see · Architectural Building · Historic Site
Look for a curious collection of columns and a 13th-century labyrinth at . Its grand apse and campanile date back to 1063, while the Gothic nave and transepts are from the 14th century. According to local legend, the city held a contest among artists for the best column. Instead of choosing a winner, the townspeople decided to take them all without paying the artists. The labyrinth on the right pier of the portico is thought to predate the famous Chartres maze. You may even catch an organ performance, which will be enhanced by the stone structure's incredible acoustics. To visit St Martin Cathedral and other attractions in Lucca, use our Lucca tour builder website.
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  • A very beautiful cathedral in which the "Volto Santo" stands out. a relic that, it seems, comes from the holy land and represents the true face of Christ. It has been a place of pilgrimage for...  more »
  • Impressive Romanesque cathedral built in the 11th century. The facade is very interesting (especially the stone with the labyrinth). Inside it is also very interesting, and in my opinion the most...  more »
  • An amazing cathedral that's similar to Durham Cathedral in England but with many life size paintings on the walls by what could be renaissance artists. The colours are so vivid that they look like they've just been painted. The cathedral has a very welcoming feel to it and it's a great place to cool down - well worth the small entry fee. This was one of the highlights of me and my partner's week in Tuscany. We stumbled upon it as we were exploring the city. There's a pay toilet.
  • Beautiful cathedral in a lovely piazza. The ornate architecture and design is worth the visit. There are often events going on in the piazza outside, and when there isn't it is still a good place to sit and rest or people watch. The back side of the duomo has a nice grassy yard, perfect for enjoying the scenery.

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