San Benedetto in Gottella, Lucca

A Romanesque-style church, on the Piazza Bernardin, the previous church here dated back to the 10th-century but was reconstructed in the 13th-century. The walls include parts of the earlier church. The facade is striped with contrasting white limestone and darker tan sandstones, with blocks of different sizes. There is a pretty rounded portal entry.

Like many Tuscan churches,  the marble interior is quite ornate compared with the somewhat plain exterior, with paintings, I Santi Anna e Gioacchino con Maria bambina above the main altar and  San Gerolamo and san Joseph above the left altar.

Above the right altar, there is a canvas of the Madonna in glory between the saints Benedetto and Margherita, painted by Benedetto Brandimarte, a Lucchese painter active between the end of the 16th-century and the beginning of the 17th-century.

Don’t miss the ceramic basins in the apse which can be traced back to the Ligurian production of the 13th and  14th-centuries and the earthen tomb of a child on the floor. It is thought to have belonged to the Antelminelli family, one of Lucca's noble families.

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