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St Martin Cathedral, Lucca

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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 beautiful Duomo in a beautiful and historic city. Must do. It’s that simple. Do the visit in morning a find one of the great ristorante for lunch 
    A beautiful Duomo in a beautiful and historic city. Must do. It’s that simple. Do the visit in morning a find one of the great ristorante for lunch  more »
  • According to the tradition, this cathedral was founded by St. Martin. However, nowadays its main attraction is the Holy Face, which is supposed to make miracles and once was adorned of jewels which... 
    According to the tradition, this cathedral was founded by St. Martin. However, nowadays its main attraction is the Holy Face, which is supposed to make miracles and once was adorned of jewels which...  more »
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  • I bought the combo ticket for 10 euro, which includes the cathedral, the bell tower and the museum. The cathedral is the highlight of the show. It is filled with beautiful sculptures , frescos and paintings. The museum is just OK, 10 minutes in and out, not much to see. The view from the top of the bell tower is very good, but you can't take a single photo, because all the windows are covered with dense metal wires.
  • As others have said, the view from the campanile is spectacular. There's a cutout in the "suicide guard" to the right when looking north where you can take photos without the metal bars marring your pictures. Also nice view of the cathedral's front columns from the level halfway up to the top.

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