The Church of San Frediano, Lucca

Diana Webb looks at the miracles and saints populating the basilica of the San Frediano in Lucca.

Like so many of Europe's older cities, not least in Italy, Lucca still clearly displays its Roman origins in its street-plan. One of its numerous twelfth- and thirteenth-century churches, San Michele in Foro, stands on the site of the forum, where the north-south and east-west axes of the Roman city meet, and the Roman amphitheatre survives in out- line, surrounded by medieval houses. The cathedral nestled in the south-east corner of the Roman city, just inside the sixteenth-century ramparts which now so strikingly delineate the historic city.

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