San Frediano Church, Lucca

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  • Facade of the Church of San Frediano
    Facade of the Church of San Frediano
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  • Inside the Basilica of San Frediano
    Inside the Basilica of San Frediano
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    The facade of San Frediano
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    Church of San Frediano

    by HORSCHECK Updated Oct 22, 2011

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    Facade of the Church of San Frediano

    This Romanesque Church of San Fredianoh was consecrated by the pope in the 12th century and many reconstructions took place until the 16th century.

    The upper part of the facade is decorated with a famous golden mosaic.

    Directions:
    The Church of San Frediano is located at the Piazza San Frediano in the northern part of Lucca's old town.

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    Don't miss San Frediano's mosaic

    by Jefie Updated Jul 21, 2010

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    Although the Basilica of San Frediano isn't the biggest church in Lucca, I thought it was the most interesting one to visit. San Frediano was built between 1112 and 1117, and its amazing Byzantine-style golden mosaic, called "The Ascension of Christ the Saviour", was created by Berlinghieri and added to the facade about a century later. Another one of the basilica's treasures is the baptismal font that stands at the back of the church, depicting the story of Moses in a series of finely carved pannels. Another interesting fact is that the columns inside the nave were actually taken from the nearby Roman amphitheatre which, at the time they started building San Frediano, had long been abandoned. A ceremony was about to begin when we visited the church and although we were asked at that point not to take pictures, we were invited to stay and have a look. It's always kind of neat to hear mass celebrated in a different language!

    The Basilica of San Frediano is open every day and admission is free.

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    Walking In and Out of Churches

    by DEBBBEDB Updated Sep 10, 2009
    Tower of the Basilica from the walls

    We had hoped to get a map at the information center but it was closed, so we just walked town, and ducked in and out of churchs. Possible churches to see include

    Duomo di San Martino which contains the Volto Santo which is believed to be the face of Christ, carved by Nicodemus who was present at the crucifixion.

    There is also San Michele in Foro found in Piazza San Michele. They spent all the money on it, and didn't have enough left to built the church to match the facade. The archangel crowning the church features retractable wings to survive high winds. Open daily 7:40-noon and 3-6.

    And the Basilica di San Frediano which has a big gold mosaic on the front.

    We should have walked the walls but did not have time.

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    great location and interior

    by PALLINA Written Apr 17, 2009

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    St Frediano church lies in a very lovely square, where you can rest after the long stroll agong Fillolungo street. The interior of the chuch is really charming, not too dark. In my opinion. the highlight is the "fonte battesimale" (see the pic)

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    SAn Frediano

    by BruceDunning Written Aug 22, 2008

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    Named after the 5th century monk Frediano (Fridianus), who became the Bishop. The first church was in the 8th century and this was re-built in 1112-1147. The Capella on both sides of the entrance is of Santa Croce. The very colorful 13th century mosaic tiles is of Christ and two angels with the twelve Apostles below, commemorating the ascension. The inside is richly decorated with frescoes and more chapels added for the nobles to get saved.

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    Beautiful house of worship

    by Herkbert Updated Jun 5, 2008

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    The Basilica of San Frediano is a Romanesque church, situated on the Piazza San Frediano. This church is distinguished by its golden mosaic high on the facade of Christ in Majesty. The church as seen today was built between 1112 and 1147, with alterations along the way. Inside, it is truly beautiful.

    There is a huge 12th century baptismal font, the Fonte Lustrale, that lies immediately at the entrance and is decorated with biblical scenes attributed to three different craftsmen. There are numerous chapels inside, including one dedicated to St. Zita, Lucca's patron saint.

    There are many other fine artistic details that you really have to see with your own eyes.

    Admission is free, there are coin operated light boxes by many of the artworks, and picture taking was allowed with discretion.

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    San Frediano church

    by Willettsworld Written Jul 8, 2005

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    San Frediano's striking facade features a colourful 13th century mosaic called "The Ascension". Inside, pride of place goes to a splendid Romanesque font on the right carved with scenes from the life of Christ.

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    San Frediano Church

    by illudiumqh36 Updated Jan 25, 2005

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    This church, one of the most visited in Lucca, is located in San Frediano Square just beside Via Fillungo nearabout Piazza dell'Anfiteatro.
    On its facade threre is a marvellous huge golden mosaic on its facade representing Christ in Majesty. In the interior the main masterpiece it's a precious example of baptesimal font with biblical episodes sculpted on; furthermore paintings and a golden organ could hit the visitor.
    Another particularity of this church is the shrine of Santa Zita (a local saint) in which several relics are conserved; among all the whole mummified body of the saint herself.

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    San Frediano Church

    by Blatherwick Updated Dec 30, 2004

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    San Frediano Church

    This Romanesque church is distinguished by its golden mosaic high on the facade. It was consecrated by the pope in the year 1147. The huge twelfth century baptismal font, the Fonte Lustrale, lies immediately at the entrance and is decorated with biblical scenes attributed to three different craftsmen. The church also houses a shrine to Santa Zita, Lucca's saint, whose mummified body is brought out once a year.

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    Church San Frediano

    by micas_pt Updated Aug 4, 2004

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    San Frediano

    Church San Frediano is situated on Piazza San Frediano, by Piazza del Anfiteatro. It is a beautiful church, made in white stone and with an astonishing painting on its façade – see detail on my first photo on the travelogue about Lucca’s churches.

    Inside, the church is equally breathtaking. It is built in richly carved white marble and the side chapels show beautiful details and paintings. The pipe organ is not too big but richly it is carved in gold painted wood. There are some tombs inside, but I don’t know anything about them.

    The entrance to this church, unlike some others in Italy, is free and you may wander at ease and use your camera.

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    A Closer Look...

    by coceng Updated Mar 21, 2004

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    This is just a closer look of the Cathedral that I took photo of !
    I didn't have the time to actually see the old historic buildings because I was sort of rushing rushing...
    The facade of Chiesa di San Ferdiano mosaics from the 13th century !

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    The 12th Century...

    by coceng Updated Mar 21, 2004

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    During the 12th century, Lucca was flourished because of the silk trade.
    In 1314, it fell under the control of Pisa.
    The photo shows The Romanesque Cathedral of Lucca called Chiesa di San Ferdiano.

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    Bacilica di S Frediano

    by prleprle Updated Mar 16, 2003

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    Bacilica di S Frediano, Lucca, Italy

    In the first half of the 6th century, Frediano, Irish Bishop of Lucca, had a church build on this site. Present church is from XII century and represent early roman basilica. The facade of the church is decorated with a lavish thirteenth century golden mosaic. The church also houses a shrine to Santa Zita, Lucca's saint, whose mummified body could be seen in one of the chapels inside church. Interior has a lot of medieval masterpiece of arts. This is very interesting church and definitely worth a visit!

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    San Frediano

    by Bigs Written Nov 17, 2002

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    The huge mosaic

    This church was consegrated in the year 1147 and was used as the main cathedral for many years until the duomo was build. Outside of this huge church you find a huge eyecatching mosaic.

    History tells of many miracles here.

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    San Frediano Church

    by Helga67 Updated Mar 29, 2005

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    San Frediano Church

    This church was named after bishop Frediano who founded the primitive church in the 6th century. Notice the beautiful façade with a golden mosaic of Christ and the Apostles.

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