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“Amazing church!”

Basilica of San Frediano
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Walking Tour and Exploration of Lucca
Ranked #7 of 111 things to do in Lucca
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Amazing church!”
Reviewed 17 July 2014

This church was interesting inside and out. Well worth a visit and not necessarily one that is the easiest to find straight away.

Visited July 2014
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“Don't miss this one if you like relics”
Reviewed 9 July 2014

The outside of San Frediano has a beautiful mosaic that you shouldn't miss. Inside there is a traditional Baroque church decoration and an unusually large carved stone baptismal font.
If you like human relics then don't miss Saint Zita, the patron saint of maids and domestic servants, whose body resides in a chapel on the right hand side of the church.

Visited June 2014
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Bucharest, Romania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 498 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 June 2014

A pretty big church,situated in homonym square.The most interesting part is a huge golden mosaic above the main door.
Some interesting works of art inside,like a beautiful baptismal font,paintings,and old organ.
An unusual thing - you can see inside the mummified body of St Zita.

Visited July 2013
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Halifax, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 130 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 June 2014

If you like iconography and crosses, esp. early examples, stop in here. There is a 12th Century cross still hanging, which has been here for 900 years. It is a beautiful example of the art form which can be seen in something approximating its original setting (it has been moved to a side altar). So many of these pieces are in museums now, where they still amaze, but this one remains in church, and nobody goes there. When I went, there were three people sitting in the pews, and when the priest arrived he discreetly gave them some money and they left. This is a rare chance to see a rare cross that is beautifully preserved, and to do so in the setting for which it was originally intended.

Visited June 2014
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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“Immense and elegant church”
Reviewed 29 May 2014

The church of San Frediano is imposing and typically renaissance Italian. It dominates the piazza that takes its name just a short walk from the iconic and symbolic Piazza Anfiteatro. Its façade is embellished with a mesmerising mosaic representing Christ flanked by angels rising above the apostles. Inside it is cool and peaceful with stunning artwork and sculpture and the shrine containing the uncorrupted body of St Zita.

As big as a cathedral, it is an impressive and holy building.

Visited May 2014
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