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Camposanto Pisa Reviews

Airpunk Airpunk
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Camposanto - Renaissance cemetery with magnificent frescoes Sep 15, 2017
The Camposanto ("Holy Field") is a building complex which is used a cemetery dating back to the year 1278. It was most probably intented as a church, but plans changed during the construction. The main part is a rectangular Gothic cloister surrounded by 43 arches. Most of the tombs from several centuries are located inside of the cloister or in burial chambers with very few in the inner courtyard lawn. There are three chapels, one from the Late Middle Ages and two Renaissance ones. The most interesting part of the Camposanto however are the Frescoes which were applied between the 14th and 16h century. These gigantic pictures show mainly scenes from heaven and hell and are of a remarkable quality. Unfortunately, during WWII a bomb hit the Camposanto and some of the frescoes were destroyed. Some explanation in Italian and English is avalaible, the restoration of some of the works is still going on.

There are combination tickets where you can visit one, two or all three monuments out of Camposanto, Museum of Sinopies and Baptistery. The price as of 2017 is 5EUR, 7EUR or 8EUR respectively. In my opinion, the Camposanto is one of the most interesting sights in the Campo dei Miracoli. If you have to choose between one of the three, choose this one!
Tombs at Camposanto Cemetery, Pisa
Tombs at Camposanto Cemetery, Pisa
Frescoes at Camposanto Cemetery, P…
Camposanto Cemetery, Pisa
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Vipin Vipin
691 reviews
Fragile frescoes and beautiful tombs Apr 22, 2011
The Camposanto is virtually next door to the leaning tower of Pisa and was created in the thirteenth century to serve as a cemetery. I’m not sure how holy the sight was regarded as or how sacred the burials were meant to be here, but the place was used as the site to ship loads of holy soil from the mount where Christ’s crucifixion took place. The cemetery is rather beautiful and it was a shame that much of it was damaged during the second world war, when the allies ensured the destruction of the wooden roof and the melting of the lead panels. Though many of the frescoes were damaged in the process, some of them are preserved in a more fragile state under a secure roofed section. Apart from the damaged frescoes, the sight is great to see quirky tomb covers on the floor.

If you visit this place, you can pay for the admission price as part of a reduced fee providing you are also visiting some of the other sights nearby (including the leaning tower) for a reduced price. The booking office nearby will have full and clear details of the various group bookings and prices available.
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Andy99 says:
Great work on documenting the frescoes, Vipin!
Posted on: Jul 07, 2011

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