The Basilica of San Frediano is named for an Irish bishop of Lucca, Fridianus by name. He was Bishop in the first half of the 6th century, which makes me wonder what in the world an Irish bloke was doing in Lucca way back then.
You can’t help but admire the golden 13th century mosaic on the facade of the church. It really glows when the weather co-operates, unlike the day I took the photo. The mosaic represents the Ascension of Christ the Saviour, with the apostles below.
The interior was rather gloomy, workmen were busy with restoration work on the floor.
The huge baptismal font you can see, framed by two columns, is from the 12th century. (Don’t worry, there won’t be a test on any of the dates I’ve mentioned.)
But, what do you see beyond the font? Yes, a terracotta, this time of the Annunciation, attributed to the school of Andrea della Robbia.
And, from Jane, a request to Bill. Can you please identify this family coat of arms? Thank you.