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The huge complex of the church and monastery of the Franciscan order was built in the Gothic style during the 14th century and completed with additional chapels in the next century. It is a peaceful place, near the parking garage, recently restored and nowadays is...More
Walked by this church several times on the way to the parking garage. It is located right in the piazza and in back of the garage. It seems to be only open at certain hours. It is unassuming from the outside and looks small but...More
We entered Lucca from the Mancini gate and parked underground below this convent (without knowing it). When we started walking into Lucca, our first site in town was this beautiful church! We enjoyed a very pleasant walk through the church, admiring its art and carvings.
Restored and reopened in 2014, the maze of courtyards prompts for inner peace and harmony. Surrounding buildings accomodate IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca, a graduate school founded in 2004. The church of San Francesco since its reopening has become an important cultural center with...More
I concur completely with the observations of Bruno66 below. This was an important early Franciscan site, and one heavily supported by a number of rich Lucca families. Much of the interior finery of the church has been taken away, but the architecture remains. A walk...More
At the eastern end of the walled city of Lucca, close to the Villa Guinigi and to the scenic Via dei Fossi, it is this church and the adjoining convent, which in the Middle Ages had to be outside the city.
The church was started...More