Photographer's Note

The first records about the church, located in the heart of the old forum in the Roman city of Luca, date from the 8th century. In 845 it was donated to Count Agano, and at the end of the 10th century its heritage was enriched with land and houses around it. A hospital and a monastery were later attached.rnrnThe present construction is the product of a reform ordered by Pope Alexander II, between 1061 and 1073, being an exquisite example of the first Romanesque style developed in Lucca. The authorship of the project is uncertain, but it may have been by Guidetto da Como. The works continued in the 12th century, completing the body of the building, where the influence of Pisa's architecture appears. During this period, the belfry was also erected. The upper part of the facade dates from the 14th century, when the works were interrupted, possibly due to lack of resources. The facade has a verticalism typical of the Gothic, but its decoration is still Romanesque. At the top, a group of statues of Saint Michael and angels stand out, and in the right corner of the body of the church, a statue of the Virgin Mary with the Child Jesus, by Matteo Civitali. The faade abounds with decorative motifs typical of the Lucchese culture, including plants, animals, human figures and zodiac signs, and the columns are of very different shapes.

Igreja de So Miguel no Forum, Lucca, Italia

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  • Copyright: Walter Antonio Livramento (walterantonio) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 37 W: 0 N: 581] (1562)
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