Today, I walked all around Lucca on the splendid pathway atop the city walls, with a few detours here and there. I came down from the pathway to head for home, but then decided, on an impulse, to have another look at the church I mentioned yesterday. That proved a lucky happenstance. As I stood there, admiring the ancient structure, the aforementioned nun came along, with keys in her hand. She said I could go in, but only for 2 minutes. She also turned on a few lights for me.
This church (Santa Maria della Rosa) was commenced in the beginning of the 14th century. On the high altar is this painting of the Madonna of the rose, which represents a miracle that took place near a stretch of the Roman wall, now part of the church.
A shepherd boy, mute from birth was tending his sheep by the wall. He noticed that the sheep stayed away from a particular bush which was strangely green although it was the middle of winter. The boy went to the bush and found a rose bloom, which he cut off and took home. From that instant, he could speak. The Bishop, informed of this event, went to the bush, and found this Holy image which shows the Madonna and Child, and holding three roses in her hand.
On a corner of the church, near our lion and lamb from yesterday, there is a statue of the Madonna and Child. Again, she holds a rose.
These are stones of the Roman wall, which form part of the western interior wall of the church.
Here are some of the photos I was able to take in the two minutes allowed. The quality of the frescoes is better than the photos are able to show.
Here are a few photos from the eastern side of the church.
What can possibly happen tomorrow, to top this wonderful experience?
Oh, and especially for Jane, a stemma to research.