Chiesa di San Michele in Foro

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Chiesa di San Michele in Foro information

Lucca , Italy
Street Piazza San Michele
Opening hours
7.40am-noon & 3-6pm summer, 9am-noon & 3-5pm winter
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Lonely Planet review

One of Lucca's many architecturally significant churches, this lovely Romanesque edifice marks the spot where the city's Roman forum once was. The present building with exquisite wedding-cake facade was constructed on the site of its 8th-century precursor over a period of nearly 300 years, beginning in the 11th century.

Crowning the structure is a figure of the archangel Michael slaying a dragon. Inside, don't miss Filippino Lippi's 1479 painting of Sts Helen, Jerome, Sebastian and Roch (complete with plague sore) in the south transept.