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Basilica San Frediano, Lucca

Lucca, Basilica San Frediano (Photo Carlo Pelagalli)


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Lucca, Basilica San Frediano


Lucca, the 'city of one hundred churches' is one of the main cities of Italy, famous even beyond national borders mainly for its intact city walls of the XV-XVII century. The historical city center of the city remained almost intact in its original appearance.


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San Frediano, detail of the painted facade & bell tower [1]





Interior of San Frediano Lucca Ruskin

Interior of San Frediano, Lucca. Pencil, brown ink and wash. From "Ruskin, Turner and the pre-Raphaelites", by Robert Hewison, 2000

Inside, the basilica is built in richly carved white marble. It consists of a nave and two aisles with arches supported by columns with Roman and Romanesque capitals. The Roman capitals were recycled from the nearby Roman amphitheatre.

The highlight at the entrance is the huge 12th-century Romanesque baptismal font (the Fonte Lustrale). It is composed of a bowl, covered with a tempietto, resting on pillars, inside a circular basin. It is the craftmanship of master Roberto (his signature is on the basin) and two unknown masters. The basin is decorated with The Story of Moses by a Lombard sculptor. Master Roberto did the last two panels The Good Shepherd and the Six Prophets. The tempietto was sculpted by a Tuscan master, representing the months of the year and the apostles.

The remains of St. Frediano lie underneath the main altar from the 16th century. A massive stone monolith stands left of the main altar. This was probably pilfered from the amphiteatre of Lucca. But local tradition has it that it was miraculously transported to Lucca by San Frediano and used as a predella (step of an altar) for the first altar.

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[1] Photo by effwarder, icensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

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