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From this basilica unfolds on the evening of 13 September, the procession to the Holy Cross.
The Church was lower than what we see today; the elevation at the date to the 13th century and was concluded with the mosaic decoration of the upper part of the façade. The mosaic representing the Ascension of Christ.
Beautiful interior frescoes.
It is located in Piazza San Michele, on a rise bordered by stone marble columns connected by heavy metal chains and is flanked by a curtain of medieval buildings; also in the square is a statue in honor of Francesco Burlamacchi.
The façade is decorated with four orders of loggias and surmounted by a large marble statue of the Archangel Michael, with wings and metal foils, in defeating a dragon with a spear. On the sides there are two angels.
A legend tells that the lucchese under certain light conditions you can see a green glitter from the statue; It would, accordi
The current walls, just 4 kilometres long and 195 metres, is the result of the last reconstruction campaign, started in may 1504 7 and finished only a century and a half later, in 1648. The current configuration of the walls of Lucca includes six gates that allow entrance into the city.
The birthplace Museum is located in the apartment, on the second floor of an ancient building in the heart of Lucca, where Giacomo Puccini was born on December 22, 1858. In this House lived the years of infancy and early childhood, the years of getting to know the music and systematic studies, before moving to Milan, where in 1884 he began that operatic career that made it one of the most famous composers and most loved history. The House, transformed into a Museum in 1979, was reopened to the public on September 13, 2011, after major restoration works, which have reported the original apart
Lucca's Ducal Palace is located in piazza Napoleone. He was also called palazzo della Signoria and, today, it said.
From the main entrance leads to the central courtyard, unfinished, of great dimensions and result of the work is that of Ammannati.
The grand staircase of the Pins leads to boardrooms, today occupied by the province and by the prefecture.
Above the loggia of the guards is the so-called Loggia of Ammannati, decorated with grotesques and stuccose. The room has walls Staffieri frescoes by Luigi Ademollo.
The piazza dell'anfiteatro is a square of the city of Lucca, built on the ruins of the ancient Roman Amphitheater (2nd century AD), who determined the elliptical closed. An interesting fact to note, is the cross carved on a slab in the middle of the square, at the intersection between the 4 doors.
Piazza Napoleone, commonly referred to as "piazza Grande", is the main square of Lucca.
In this area was built the massive Fort Augusta, Castruccio Castracani residence where his palace built on a design by Giotto.
In piazza Napoleone is the Ducal Palace, also known as "Palazzo Pubblico", which occupies the entire West side of the square. It is currently the seat of the province of Lucca.