A basilica in Tuscany -- named San Michele en Foro
, located in Tuscany, Lucca, Italy -- has a sagittary standing guard above the front door. The basilica's main entrance is also guarded by a mermaid with a bifurcated tail and several other monsters and grotesques. The basilica's construction dates to 1070, although the facade was carved in the 13th century.
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, showing our Italian wemic in all her glory. Note the three toes of the paws -- clearly not hooves. Look at the ornamental belt, with its suggestion of a mane around the waist. Look at that glorious feline tail, standing up and ending in a floral burst
. An excellent example of a medieval liontaur!