Lucca has its share of architecturally interesting churches and the Cathedral (San Martino), which was consecrated in 1070, is no exception. The campanile is presently under restoration, so there was no opportunity to do another climb to see Lucca from on high.
You can read about the cathedral by following this link, it may provide an incentive to visit Lucca and its cathedral. cathedral
Among the many details to study on the façade is an image of the Saint himself, in the act of cutting his cape in half to share with a beggar. Nice fellow …
To the right of the Cathedral, but hidden by the construction work, is a labyrinth embedded into one of the piers of the portico. It is from the 12th or 13th century.
The incised Latin inscription translates to read: “This is the labyrinth built by Dedalus of Crete; all who entered therein were lost, save Theseus, thanks to Ariadne’s thread” (HIC QUEM CRETICUS EDIT. DAEDALUS EST LABERINTHUS . DE QUO NULLUS VADERE . QUIVIT QUI FUIT INTUS . NI THESEUS GRATIS ADRIANE . STAMINE JUTUS”).
The curious public were given a glimpse of the maze through a little window cut into the construction fence. Thank you, whoever thought of that.
I read that condemned criminals were given a chance to save their necks (literally) if they were able to trace a path to the centre of the maze, in one go. Imagine trying to do that even without the death sentence breathing down your neck!
Tuscany oozes with interesting coats of arms. Here’s another to tantalise those who like to identify these voices from the past.