"San Zeno" Pisa Off The Beaten Path Tip by leics

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  San Zeno
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  • San Zeno - Pisa
      San Zeno
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  • Re-used Roman carving - Pisa
      Re-used Roman carving
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  • Roman capital used as column base - Pisa
      Roman capital used as column base
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  • Archway - Pisa
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  • More Roman re-cycling - Pisa
      More Roman re-cycling
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Possibly the oldest church in Pisa, San Zeno dates from 1029. It was orginally part of an abbey.

The exterior is fascinating, having not only Islamic ceramic basins (now copies) but also clear evidence of the re-use of Roman carvings, marbles and tiles/bricks. I believe the interior also has a wealth of re-cycled materials but, sadly, the church was closed when I visited.

My photos show the Roman evidence, but I did not stay too long: the homeless person's 'dump' of blanket/bags etc within the church portal turned out (on closer inspection) to contain the homeless person him/herself (hopefully asleep rather than deceased). I thought it prudent to beat a hasty retreat!

othercontact: Via San Zeno, by the Porta S. Ze

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Oct 27, 2008
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