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FAI ( ITALIAN NATIONAL TRUST) AUTUMN DAY - Santa Caterina church: The religious Baroque architecture in Lucca

typology: nature-environment, festival
Area: Piana di Lucca
District/Locality: Lucca (LU) - Italy

On Sunday, October 15, on the occasion of the FAI Autumn Day, discover many extraordinary places with just a small contribution to the National Fundraising Campaign.
Since more than 40 years the FAI Italian National Trust is committed to the memory of the Italian landscape, its sites and its monuments, the masterpieces of art telling about the history and the identity of this country, to their safeguard and respect to keep them accessible for everybody, by protecting constantly the Italian art and nature heritage.
In particular, it is also an opportunity to visit the Church of Santa Caterina built in 1575 and then completely transformed in 1738 by an architect from Lucca, Francesco Pini, a pupil of Juvarra, which made it one of the most significant examples of religious baroque buildings in Lucca. The interior, an elliptical space, is richly decorated with stuccos framing altars and paintings, by Bartolomeo De Santi and Lorenzo Castellotti. The decoration culminates in the dome, with a strong scenic impact, which seems to "break through" the architecture. Among the interior furnishings there is a small organ of the early nineteenth century. Once the building was known as the Church of the Cigar makers, due to the frequent attendance of the workers of the nearby Manifattura Tabacchi, women who worked the famous handmade Tuscan cigars and who used to pray in the Santa Caterina Church before going to work. The Tuscan psychiatrist, writer and poet Mario Tobino described it in one of his books.
The visits of Sunday, October 15 are carried out by the students of the Istituto Superiore di Istruzione (ISI) Sandro Pertini of Lucca and the Liceo Scientifico A. Vallisneri of Lucca from 10:00 to 19:00. For information you can write an email to
Chiesa di Santa Caterina, Via del Crocifisso
2017, October 15
h 10:00 am - 7:00 pm (last admission at 6:30 pm)
Admission with free offer


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