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San Frediano, Lucca | by Jon Sketchley
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San Frediano, Lucca

Towards the end of our time in Lucca we put our heads in this church, tempted by a guide book comment about its beautifully lit and proportioned interior.

 

It's not all that well known, except for the facade with a rich mosaic high up on the west wall, but we found the inside to be rather fine. On this very bright sunny day its clean early-romanesque spaces were filled with lovely beams of sunlight and subtly textured shade.

 

Its purity and simplicity reminded me of Early Christian basilicas in Rome, and apparently this is no coincidence: this style was favoured in romanesque Lucca before it fell under the more ornate influence of Pisa.

 

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Taken on August 21, 2012