Duomo di San Martino, Lucca

4 out of 5 stars 22 Reviews

Been here? Rate It!

hide
  • Duomo di San Martino
    Duomo di San Martino
    by HORSCHECK
  • Duomo di San Martino
    Duomo di San Martino
    by HORSCHECK
  • Bell tower of the Duomo di San Martino
    Bell tower of the Duomo di San Martino
    by HORSCHECK
  • illudiumqh36's Profile Photo

    San Martino Cathedral

    by illudiumqh36 Updated Jan 25, 2005

    4.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    This is the Romanesque cathedral of Lucca, built in the 12/13th century and located in piazza San Martino right next to the Walls.
    It's the biggest church in Lucca, all built in white and grey marble, with different rows of columns on the facade and a statue of San Martino drawing his sword riding his horse.
    The interior is really dark and austere (when I was a kid I was scarred by this church), but there are a lot of art masterpiece (statues, paintings, organs, furnitures...). The ceiling is very high, as a gothic cathedral, and there are some beautiful colored glass windows that create amazing light game on the inside. The contrast between the coloured figures projected on the floor and the darkness and silence of this churce is breathtaking.
    In a chapel inside the church there is the statue called "Volto Santo" (that means "Holy face"). This statue represent Jesus crucified, and it's one of the rare figure that represent Jesus as a dark-skinned man (as probabily he was). In September this statue is dressed with golden clothes and accessories included a golden cup placed under a foot to gather the holy blood.

    Was this review helpful?

  • micas_pt's Profile Photo

    Duomo di San Martino

    by micas_pt Updated Aug 9, 2004

    4.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Cathedral's fa��ade detail

    The Duomo di San Martino is a Romanesque style Cathedral, which was rebuilt over the years. The fa?ade is beautifully carved in white and grey marble and its interior is also superb! There is a wooden piece in the Duomo called Volto Santo (means Holy Face) which is believed to be the face of Jesus, made by Nicodemus (who witnessed the crucifixion). This is the main attraction inside together with the remarkable tomb of Illaria del Carretto (bride of a Guinigi family member, sculpted by Jacopo della Quercia).

    Being one of the main must see in Lucca, the Cathedral may tend to have quite a few visitors around.

    Was this review helpful?

  • prleprle's Profile Photo

    Cathedral S Martino

    by prleprle Updated Mar 16, 2003

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Cathedral S Martino, Lucca, Italy

    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.

    Related to:
    • Architecture
    • Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
    • Arts and Culture

    Was this review helpful?

  • Bigs's Profile Photo

    Duomo San Martino

    by Bigs Written Nov 17, 2002

    1.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    The Campanile

    Lucca has so many churches that you can visit another each sunday for a year they say..... and it´s true, all few hundred meters you will find a small church. Well, the Duomo is the biggest of all and worth a look at.

    Was this review helpful?

  • Willettsworld's Profile Photo

    Facade carvings Part 1

    by Willettsworld Updated Jul 7, 2005

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Some of the facade carvings by Nicola Pisano of the "Journey of the Magi" and the "Deposition" on the left portal. (more pictures can be found in one of my travelogues on my Lucca homepage).

    Was this review helpful?

  • Willettsworld's Profile Photo

    Facade carvings Part 2

    by Willettsworld Written Jul 7, 2005

    Some of the facade carvings by Nicola Pisano of the "Journey of the Magi" and the "Deposition" on the left portal. (more pictures can be found in one of my travelogues on my Lucca homepage).

    Was this review helpful?

  • sandysmith's Profile Photo

    DUOMO di SAN MARTINO

    by sandysmith Written Jan 21, 2003

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    The city's cathedral has an asymmetrical facade. The bas-reliefs are beautifully sculptured - some date from 5th century.

    Was this review helpful?

Instant Answers: Lucca

Get an instant answer from local experts and frequent travelers

67 travelers online now

Comments

Hotels Near Duomo di San Martino
4.0 out of 5 stars
3 Reviews
0 miles away
Show Prices
4.5 out of 5 stars
2 Reviews
0.1 miles away
Show Prices
4.5 out of 5 stars
1 Review
0.1 miles away
Show Prices

View all Lucca hotels