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San Piero in Campo


typology: Parish church
Area: Piana di Lucca
District/Locality: Montecarlo, locality S. Piero in Campo
Foundation: VII century A.D.

The parish church of San Piero in Campo is at the foot of Montecarlo's castle. The building, among the first mentioned in Early Medieval Lucchese documents, has one of the oldest bell towers in the whole diocese of Lucca. The church was completely rebuilt in the XII century and again after the village was destroyed in the XIV.
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In the Middle Ages the isolated church of San Piero in Campo had jurisdiction over a wide portion of territory; around it the core of a village, destroyed in the XIV century, gradually developed. The bell tower is today the oldest part of the whole complex and from a comparison with other Lucchese buildings, such as San Martino in Ducentola of Capannori and San Giovanni e Santa Reparata of Lucca, can be dated to the Early Middle Ages.
The present day church, virtually untouched since the XIV century, has three aisles and a single apse. The fa├žade is crowned by a series of blind arches and a small loggia placed above the mouldings. In Modern times only few changes were made: among these, the raising of the bell tower with bricks covered by plaster, today in poor condition. Finally, the XVI century font inside the church is remarkable.

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