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St Martin Cathedral, Lucca

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Look for a curious collection of columns and a 13th-century labyrinth at . Its grand apse and campanile date back to 1063, while the Gothic nave and transepts are from the 14th century. According to local legend, the city held a contest among artists for the best column. Instead of choosing a winner, the townspeople decided to take them all without paying the artists. The labyrinth on the right pier of the portico is thought to predate the famous Chartres maze. You may even catch an organ performance, which will be enhanced by the stone structure's incredible acoustics. To visit St Martin Cathedral and other attractions in Lucca, use our Lucca tour builder website.
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  • The cathedral is very interesting and beautiful both outside and inside. Gorgeous artwork, architecture and decoration. The bell tower - which requires a separate entrance fee - is well worth the... 
    The cathedral is very interesting and beautiful both outside and inside. Gorgeous artwork, architecture and decoration. The bell tower - which requires a separate entrance fee - is well worth the...  more »
  • This is a beautiful Duomo in a lovely City. The architecture with the arches is particularly attractive, although the facade is not a ornate as others. Please respect their customs and dress... 
    This is a beautiful Duomo in a lovely City. The architecture with the arches is particularly attractive, although the facade is not a ornate as others. Please respect their customs and dress...  more »
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  • I bought the combo ticket for 10 euro, which includes the cathedral, the bell tower and the museum. The cathedral is the highlight of the show. It is filled with beautiful sculptures , frescos and paintings. The museum is just OK, 10 minutes in and out, not much to see. The view from the top of the bell tower is very good, but you can't take a single photo, because all the windows are covered with dense metal wires.
  • As others have said, the view from the campanile is spectacular. There's a cutout in the "suicide guard" to the right when looking north where you can take photos without the metal bars marring your pictures. Also nice view of the cathedral's front columns from the level halfway up to the top.

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