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Inside the Romanesque Basilica of San Frediano in Lucca, Italy. 
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Inside the Romanesque Basilica of San Frediano in Lucca, Italy.

"Fridianus (Frediano) was an Irish bishop of Lucca in the first half of the 6th century. He had a church built on this spot, dedicated to St. Vincent, a martyr from Zaragoza, Spain. When Fridianus was buried in this church, the church was renamed Ss. Frediano and Vincenzo. Soon afterwards, a community of Augustinian canons was growing around this church. In the Longobard era, the church and the Canon House were enlarged. In 1104, this order was recognized by pope Paschal II. The prior of St. Frediano was later accorded a rank equal in dignity to that of a bishop.

The church acquired its present appearance of a typical Roman basilica during the period 1112-1147. In the 13th-14th centuries the striking façade was decorated with a huge golden 13th century mosaic representing The Ascension of Christ the Saviour with the apostles below. Berlinghiero Berlinghieri designed it in a Byzantine/medieval style.

Several chapels of the nobility were added in the 14th-16th centuries. These are lavishly decorated with paintings. 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." (Text from Wikipedia).

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The church of San Frediano, Lucca: a column with fresco fragmentsThe church of San Frediano, LuccaThe church of San Frediano, Lucca: the 12th century Romanesque baptismal fontThe church of San Frediano, Lucca: a detail from the 12th century Romanesque baptismal fontThe church of San Frediano, Lucca: a detail from the 12th century Romanesque baptismal font
Inside St. Martin's Cathedral (Duomo di San Martino) in Lucca, Italy. 
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Inside St. Martin's Cathedral (Duomo di San Martino) in Lucca, Italy.

"It was begun in 1063 by Bishop Anselm (later Pope Alexander II). Of the original structure, the great apse with its tall columnar arcades and the fine campanile remain. The nave and transepts of the cathedral were rebuilt in the Gothic style in the 14th century, while the west front was begun in 1204 by Guido Bigarelli of Como, and consists of a vast portico of three magnificent arches, and above them three ranges of open galleries adorned with sculptures. In the nave a small octagonal temple or chapel shrine contains the most precious relic in Lucca, the Volto Santo di Lucca or Sacred Countenance. This cedar-wood crucifix and image of Christ, according to the legend, was carved by his contemporary Nicodemus, and miraculously conveyed to Lucca in 782. Christ is clothed in the colobium, a long sleeveless garment. The chapel was built in 1484 by Matteo Civitali, the most famous Luccan sculptor of the early Renaissance." (Text from Wikipedia).
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Piazza San Martino with St. Martin's Cathedral in Lucca, Italy. 
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Piazza San Martino with St. Martin's Cathedral in Lucca, Italy.
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Via Tegrini in Lucca, Italy, by the church of Santa Maria Corte Orlandini. 
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Via Tegrini in Lucca, Italy, by the church of Santa Maria Corte Orlandini.
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Piazza dei Miracoli in Pisa, Italy, with one of the most famous buildings of the world, the 55 metres tall Leaning Tower. 
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Piazza dei Miracoli in Pisa, Italy, with one of the most famous buildings of the world, the 55 metres tall Leaning Tower.
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