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"The Cemetery " Camposanto Monumentale Tip by keeweechic

Camposanto Monumentale, Pisa: 45 reviews and 104 photos


The boundary of the cemetery is marked by a rectangular enclosure made of marble, whose erection was started by Giovanni di Simone in 1278. The legend says that this cemetery was erected exactly where the Crusaders lay the soil they had brought from the Holy Land. Outside you will see some blind arches and two simple portals, the right one of which has a Gothic shape. It used to be the main entrance, but unfortunately it is now always kept closed.

The inside is a rectangular area surrounded by a porch, whose arcades were changed from simple Gothic ones into remarkable mullioned windows with four lights between 1283 and 1464. The cemetery also contains several monuments, sculptures and ancient sarcophagi of historical and artistic value, which have been used to bury some important people moved here from the Cathedral.

The graves of ordinary people were generally either anonymous or with modest tombstones in the central enclosure.

Address: Piazza del Duomo, 56126 Pisa

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  • Updated Feb 14, 2003
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