The Story of Lucca

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CHAPTER IX
The Churches, Walls, and Towers of Lucca

"Io vidi Santa Zita, e il Volto Santo Ed udii come, al priego di Frediano Il Serchio s'era volta dall' un canto."

FAZIO DEGLI UBERTI, Dittamondo, lib. iii. cap. vi. 221.

"Approaching unto it, it looked like a pure Low Country Town with its Brick Walls, large ramparts set round with Trees, and deep Moats round about the Walls. It hath eleven Bastions well guarded by the Townsmen, and well furnished with Cannons of a large size."

RICHARD LASSELS, Gent. The Voyage of Italy, 225 ( 1670).

"THE very walls are more eloquent than the men of other States," says Erasmus of Italy, and his words can be applied with perfect fitness to the basilica of S. Frediano. No other church in Lucca can approach it in architectural beauty or historical interest. It stands very happily in an open space near the walls on the most picturesque side of the city, and one could not desire a more beautiful vision than that of its majestic campanile and severe apse framed in the branches of the plane trees on the ramparts. So straight and lofty is the campanile that it actually seems to shoot up into the sky like an arrow, and gives a welcome touch of the imaginative to the rather prosaic little town. Seen from the other side it betrays a singular and rather sprawling façade--simple in its

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Preface v
  • Contents ix
  • Illustrations xi
  • Chapter II 25
  • Chapter III 51
  • Chapter V 92
  • Chapter VI - A First Impression of Lucca 105
  • Chapter VII - The Duomo and Its History 121
  • Chapter VII - The Interior of the Duomo and Its Monuments 151
  • Chapter IX - The Churches, Walls, and Towers Of Lucca 189
  • Chapter X - Pictures, Palaces, and Books 247
  • Chapter XI - Beyond the Walls of Lucca 290
  • Chapter XII - The Bagni Di Lucca 328
  • Index 355
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