The Church of San Giusto, built on top of a previous place of worship, dates to the second half of the 12th century. Architecturally, the church is divided into three naves with an apse, the facade is decorated with a two-tone colour scheme on the upper part: wide bands of white marble start just above the main doorway and continue into the main masonry body of the central nave, where they are arranged in small overlapping loggias.
The main doorway is particularly interesting: one of the most significant of its kind by the school of Guidetto, both in terms of the fine craftsmanship and some decorative details, such as the twisting atlases that hold up the two lions protruding to the sides of the lunette and two large classically posed males.
In the 17th century the interior was restructured in strictly Baroque taste. In the first half of the last century, with the intention of returning the church to its presumed original appearance, the 17th-century stuccowork started to be removed. Fortunately, some figures in Lucca’s cultural world managed to preserve the Baroque decorations.
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