Complesso Museale della Cattedrale

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bruno l
Singapore, Singapore746 contributions
Just great !
Aug 2020
San Martino's visit is definitely a must do
Do not miss the climbing to the tower as well as the visit to the Batisfero
Written 25 October 2020
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Henry J
32 contributions
The jewel of Lucca
Jul 2019
This cathedral complex has everything a visitor could wish for; a striking cathedral church that’s still in use, and an older cathedral now dedicated to cultural pursuits, an impressive diocesan museum with marvellous religious art work and sculptures. The bell tower is also worth a visit for the views it affords of the city.
Written 27 January 2020
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Perry G
Blairgowrie, UK264 contributions
lovely museum
Jun 2019 • Couples
This is well worth the visit. It is very well set out and has wonderful things on display. The only criticism is that some of the descriptions of the items are poorly placed and lit up which make them difficult to read.
Written 9 July 2019
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Mmarymomm
Pleasanton, CA1,738 contributions
Museum of the Cathedral contains wonderful works
Dec 2018 • Couples
One of the main things to see in the museum is the crowns and jewelry of the Volto Santo, the statue of Christ in the cathedral. The statue is adorned with these beautiful golden artifacts and carried in the city on a special feast day. There is a whole myth surrounding the Volto Santo which gives more meaning to the statue. There are also illuminated church music and a bizarre comparison of John the Baptist head on a plate.
Written 3 February 2019
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Mitchell S
37 contributions
Wonderful Small Museum
Dec 2018 • Couples
If you (like me) find large museums rather dulling to the senses after the first half hour or so, you'll appreciate this beautifully organized small museum that illumines so many aspects of the history of Lucca. The building itself is a fascinating example of modernism, the collection on display is stunningly lit and presented, and every item is a masterpiece of its kind.
Written 6 December 2018
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Brun066
Florence, Italy10,180 contributions
Not just a proper introduction to the cathedral's visit, but also a great attraction in itself.
Oct 2018 • Couples
This museum is housed in a building on the left side (for those looking at the facade) of the San Martino cathedral. There is a useful cumulative ticket (which we have purchased, 9 euros) to visit, along with it, also the Cathedral, the nearby SS Giovanni and Reparata church with the ancient baptistery, and the bell tower of the latter (to which you can climb).
Before starting the visit, it is good to ask the ticket office for an audio guide: the price of it is low (3 euros if I remember correctly) and the advantage in having the description of the most important items is great: by this way you will profit better of the Museum and appreciate its treasures.
The visit begins - on the ground floor - from the hall of the codices and illuminated corals. Even those who aret particularly keen on the subject will appreciate the miniatures and the scriptures of the exhibited volumes; which date back up to the XIth century, and are only a small part of those owned by the Museum.
In the following rooms, arranged on several levels (but there is an elevator) we particularly appreciated: the rare reliquary shaped as a box, covered with enamel (XIII century), produced in the famous manufactory of the French city of Limoges, and depicting the St.Thomas Becket's killing; the even rarer ivory diptych produced in Constantinople at the time by the emperor Justinian (6th century), as I understand the oldest object in the museum; the rich jeweler's work nicknamed "Croce dei Pisani" (Pisans' cross).
Other items that remained impressed in my memory in the following rooms (but many more are the important works, that I don't mention here: sculptures, paintings, sacred clothes ...) are another work of goldsmithing as the "pastoral" (stick that distinguishes the bishop's rank) dating at the XVth century, featuring the scene of St. Martin and the poor man; and a rare, very well preserved, wooden cabinet of the Renaissance period, by French or Flemish manufacture.
Finally I would like to mention the presence, in a dedicated room, of the wonderful decoration in precious metals and stones, which in the past (and perhaps even now on some occasions) adorned the venerated statue of Christ commonly known as "Volto santo" (holy face) present in the nearby cathedral.
The visit route also includes the Oratorio di S. Giuseppe, which however was not open to visitors at the moment.
Overall, this museum is not only an almost indispensable introduction to the visit of the nearby, splendid cathedral of St. Martin, but also a great attraction in itself, as it helps to better understand the Lucca's history and culture.
Written 1 November 2018
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3derek
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK23 contributions
Justly popular
Sep 2018 • Couples
So much to see and admire. The museum is particularly well displayed. The range and quality of art works make for a rewarding visit.
Written 13 September 2018
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sciclifan
York331 contributions
Amazing
Jun 2018 • Couples
If you visit the Duomo, then do cross over and see all the wonderful things in this museum.
The gold ornaments for the Holy Cross were stunning.
Written 22 June 2018
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Toronto101
Toronto9 contributions
A must see!
Apr 2018 • Family
The cathedral is a must visit. Buy the combo ticket that gives you access to the Cathedral, the Tower and the Archeological dig under the Bapistry (and its tower). Spectacular city views from the Cathedral Tower, but the real treasures are inside the Cathedral.
Written 18 April 2018
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McMarcus
Estado de Mexico, Mexico395 contributions
Very little to see
Nov 2017 • Couples
There are just a few things, mostly related to the jewlery pertaining the the Christ made on rhe 8th century that is placed in the cathedral, and just a few more things.
Written 26 November 2017
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