Chiesa di San Michele in Foro, Lucca

This stunning edifice with its massive,  ornate facade was built on the former site of  Lucca’s Roman forum. It took over 300 years to build from the 11th-century onwards, replacing a former edifice that dated back to the 8th-century.

The facade is topped with a sculpture of the Archangel San Angelo slaying a dragon.  Like many churches in the area, the simple interior contrasts with the extravagant exterior. But don't miss the painting executed by  Filippino Lippi,  in 1479, in the south transept.

Inside there are three important works of art: Madonna and Child, an enameled terracotta by Andrea della Robbia, (an Italian Renaissance sculptor); the 1483 Pala Magrini by Filippino Lippi the early Renaissance Florentine painter,  depicting the saints Roch, Sebastian, Jerome and Helena; and a high-relief of the Virgin sculpted by Raffaello di Montelupo, a sculptor and architect of the Italian Renaissance, who was an apprentice of Michelangelo. 

By Spike - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=83471335
By Spike - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=83471335

Opening Hours

Monday:
07:40 - 12:00
15:00 - 17:30
Tuesday:
07:40 - 12:00
15:00 - 17:30
Wednesday:
07:40 - 12:00
15:00 - 17:30
Thursday:
07:40 - 12:00
15:00 - 17:30
Friday:
07:40 - 12:00
15:00 - 17:30
Saturday:
07:40 - 12:00
15:00 - 17:30
Sunday:
Closed

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