Church of San Michele in Foro

Almost certainly the most photographed view in Lucca, the facade of San Michele in Foro is a delight. The upper section gives the impression of a propped-up film set - the windows look through onto thin air - as money ran out before that part of the church could be raised to the level of the facade.

Every single column is different; some are elaborately carved, some twisted and spiralling, others are like striped sweets. Look up at the figure of the archangel - the wings are hinged and may be retracted if the wind gets up!

If you catch sight of a glimmer up above then you are in for some good luck - you'll have seen the jewel in a ring on the hand of the statue.
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