San Frediano Church, Lucca

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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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    Church San Frediano

    by micas_pt Updated Aug 4, 2004

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    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.

    San Frediano

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    Church of San Frediano

    by HORSCHECK Updated Oct 22, 2011

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    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.

    Facade of the Church of San Frediano
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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.

    Address: Piazza S. Frediano

    Directions: The Church of San Frediano is located at the Piazza San Frediano in the northern part of the 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.

    Address: Piazza San Frediano

    Directions: Centro storico

    Phone: 0583 91991

    The facade of San Frediano San Frediano's campanile One of the side entrances San Frediano's baptismal font Inside the Basilica of San Frediano
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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.

    Mosaic tile of Ascension inside view Inside dark nave
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    Bacilica di S Frediano

    by prleprle Updated Mar 16, 2003

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    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!

    Address: Piazza S. Frediano

    Directions: Old walled town

    Bacilica di S Frediano, Lucca, Italy
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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)

    Address: Piazza San Frediano

    Directions: Downtown

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    San Frediano Church

    by Blatherwick Updated Dec 30, 2004

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    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.

    Address: Piazza San Frediano

    Directions: West of Via Fillungo

    Phone: 0583-493-627

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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.

    Address: Piazza San Frediano

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    San Frediano

    by Bigs Written Nov 17, 2002

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    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.

    Address: Piazza San Frediano

    Directions: Centro, near the Porta Santa Maria

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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.

    Directions: West of Via Fillungo which is the busiest street in Lucca !

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    Basilica di San Frediano – Romanesque church.

    by Jerelis Written Mar 10, 2016

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    When we hiked our way up in the amazing city of Lucca we passed the Basilica di San Frediano at some point. To our huge disappointment the church wasn't open for the public at that time. This was the reason that we only walked around this beautiful church. We had a look at the 12th-century "west" facade, which actually faces east and is a fine example of the local Romanesque style. At the west end, a small plaza provides a good view of the large apse and exceptionally tall campanile.

    It is quite clear that the Basilica di San Frediano in Lucca is a medieval basilica with a large campanile. We loved the 13th-century mosaic on its facade and its monumental Romanesque font.

    Address: Piazza S. Frediano, 55100 Lucca.

    Directions: Right at the old city center of Lucca.

    Phone: +39 0583 53576

    The 13th-century mosaic on its facade. Beautiful front facade ofBasilica di San Frediano. Side facade of the Basilica di San Frediano.
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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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    Church of San Frediano

    by hungariangirl896 Written Sep 19, 2014

    The Church of San Frediano is very large and looks unique compared to most other Italian churches. The mosaic at the top of the church’s exterior is called The Ascension of Christ the Saviour and dates from the 1200s. Inside you can view some nice artwork, chapels, sculptures, and 16th century frescoes. Some of these were done by notable artists like Andrea della Robbia. San Frediano also contains some interesting religious relics and is the burial place for several important saints. Overall, this is a great church to view because of its unique Romanesque architecture, its size, and the quality of its interior.

    Address: Piazza San Frediano

    Directions: Walk to the end of Via Fillungo

    Website: http://www.italyguides.it/us/italy/tuscany/lucca/churches-basilica/basilica-san-frediano/basilica-di-san-frediano.htm

    Church of San Frediano
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