The story of Lucca Janet Ann Ross

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The story of Lucca  by  Janet Ann Ross

The story of Lucca by Janet Ann Ross
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1912 edition. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER IX TheMoreThis historic book may have numerous typos and missing text.

Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1912 edition. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER IX The Churches, Walls, and Towers of Lucca lo vidi Santa Zita, e il Volto Santo Ed udii come, al priego di Frediano II Serchio sera volta dall un canto. Fazio Degli Uberti, Distamondo, lib. iii. cap. vi. in. Approaching unto it, it looked like a pure Low Country Town with its Brick Walls, large ramparts set round with Trees, and deep Moats round about the Walls, It hath eleven Bastions well guarded by the Townsmen, and well furnished with Cannons of a large size.

Richard Lassels, Gent. The Voyage of Italy, lz$ (1670). THE very walls are more eloquent than the men of other States, says Erasmus of Italy, and his words can be applied with perfect fitness to the basilica of S. Frediano. No other church in Lucca can approach it in architectural beauty or historical interest. It stands very happily in an open space near the walls on the most picturesque side of the city, and one could not desire a more beautiful vision than that of its majestic campanile and severe apse framed in the branches of the plane trees on the ramparts.

So straight and lofty is the campanile that it actually seems to shoot up into the sky like an arrow, and gives a welcome touch of the imaginative to the rather prosaic little town. Seen from the other side it betrays a singular and rather sprawling facade--simple in its design as an early Christian basilica--with an unusually lofty gable and extremely wide aisles.

The whole surface is divided into five panels by flat pilasters, and the ornamentation is of the simplest. Besides the great mosaic in the gable with a single row of columns beneath it there is little to break the monotony but a few pointed and round windows, and the three doorways with stilted arches and fine reliefs of foliage on the...



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