Saint-Frediano : Michelin's recommendations
The top section of the façade of this 13C church, bare and faced with white stone recovered from the ruins of a Roman amphitheatre, is covered with an enormous mosaic by local artists in the Bzantine style, depicting the Ascention. Like the façade, the interior has a noble simplicity to it and Roman monuments are used to prop up the capitaled colomns which border the nave which tower way above the verge. With slight amusement you will admire a Romanesque baptismal font, the sculptures of which chart the latest episodes of the life of Moses, with its depections of the soldiers of the pharaoh dressed up like knights from the Middle Ages. There are many artworks to see including a graceful Annunciation in glazed terracotta by Andrea della Robbia and a Gothic tryptych in marble sculpted by Jacopo della Quercia. Frescoes by Amico Asperini (16C Ferraran work) decorating sant'Agostino chapel depict the two miracles of Lucca, namely the miracle of the Volto-Santo plus the one perfromed by saint Frediano. For this is the occasion for you to learn how he miraculously held back the capricicious waters of Serchio which were hurtling down the mountain.
- Address : P.za an-Frediano I - 55100 Lucca55100Lucca