Camposanto Pisa, Italy 1278
The Monumental Cemetery was constructed in 1278 with sacred earth brought back from Golgotha during the Crusades. Fully decorated with frescoes, it was the elegant burial place of the Pisan upper class until 1779.
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- CamposantoCampo SantoMonumental Cemetery
- 43.724000° N, 10.394700° E
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- 1278 constructed
- Piazza del Duomo
Overviewby Holly Hayes
October 27, 2011
A long, rectangular stretch of well-tended grass surrounded by Gothic marble cloisters and topped with a dome at one end, the Camposanto is a unique and elegant space. The exterior marble walls facing the cathedral are solid and unadorned save for some simple blind arcading. The inner walls overlooking the long courtyard are made of delicate traceried windows, which were never filled with glass. The cloisters are filled with funerary monuments, many of which reuse ancient Roman sarcophagi. These were taken by the Genoese in 1342 and returned to Pisa in 1860. continue reading →
Historyby Holly Hayes
October 27, 2011
The history of the Monumental Cemetery began in the 12th century, when Archbishop Ubaldo Lanfranchi (1108-78) brought back shiploads of holy dirt from Golgotha (where Christ was crucified) during the Crusades. In 1278, Giovanni di Simone (architect of the Leaning Tower) designed a marble cloister to enclose the holy ground, which became the primary cemetery for Pisa's upper class until 1779. On July 27, 1944, American warplanes launched a major air attack against Pisa, which was still held by the Nazis. continue reading →
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- Grady, Ellen. Blue Guide Central Italy with Rome and Florence. Blue Guide. 2008. Print.
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- October 8, 2013
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- July 11, 2014