"Piazza dei Miracoli" Campo dei Miracoli Tip by xiquinho

Campo dei Miracoli, Pisa: 78 reviews and 147 photos

The tipsy bell tower and the cathedral are by no means the only places of interest in the Piazza dei Miracoli. The Camposanto Monumentale, is arguably the most beautiful graveyard in the world. Lining the northern side of the Piazza dei Miracoli, the white marble walls of the Camposanto enclose a grassy courtyard surrounded by cloisters. Many of the crumbling tombstones here are Roman, with a collection of sarcophagi dating from the 14th century. The serene atmosphere is enhanced by the beautiful remains of frescoes that adorn the walls, though sadly these were badly damaged in a fire during the war.

The original designs, or sinopites for the frescoes in the Camposanto can be seen in the Sinopite Museum, or Museo delle Sinopie, across the other side of the piazza. These "preliminary sketches" were painted onto the plaster in red dye as an initial outline for the frescoes themselves. They were discovered when the frescoes were removed for restoration work following the 1944 fire.

Address: Piazza del Duomo
Directions: The other museum in the Piazza is the Cathedral Museum, or Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, housed in the attractive former Chapter House.

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  • Written Jan 2, 2008
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