Duomo

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Andy99 Andy99
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Setting the Tuscan Romanesque Style at Pisa Cathedral Sep 29, 2012
When one walks through the Port Nuova to behold the Piazza del Duomo, four magnificent structures vie for one's attention. Largest of these is the Duomo, the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta (St. Mary of the Assumption). It is the centerpiece of the piazza.

Construction of Pisa cathedral began in 1063 under the architect Buscheto. Buscheto was the founder of the distinctive Tuscan Romanesque style in which the cathedral is built. The rounded arches in the four open galleries of the facade show a Moorish influence on the design. (Pisa, a sea power at that time, had just defeated Moorish controlled Sicily and brought home many of its artisans.) The exterior is a wonderful confection of white Carrera marble.

We did go inside the Duomo. The interior continues the Tuscan Romanesque colonnade style despite rebuilding in the 17th century. The gilded coffered ceiling commands attention as does the marble pulpit carved by Giovani Pisano in 1302-1311. Mosaics adorn the apse and the inside of the dome. A particularly interesting side chapel is the tomb of St. Ranieri (c. 1115/7 – 1160). He is the patron saint of Pisa and of travelers!

Don't overlook the the bronze Porta di San Ranieri, by Bonannus of Pisa (1180). an architect of the Leaning Tower, at the rear of the Duomo

Interior photography is permitted. Tickets for the Duomo can be purchased individually or in combinations with the Campanile, Baptistry, Campo Santo, and museums.

Part of the Piazza del Duomo, Pisa, UNESCO World Heritage site.
Il Duomo - Cathedral of Santa Mari…
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Gilded coffered ceiling
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Vipin Vipin
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Impressive art and history Apr 22, 2011
The cathedral was constructed from the eleventh century in a Romanesque style and is one of Pisa’s key attractions. Inside, the decoration is rather impressive, especially the beautiful mosaics which can be found in the apse. I was also rather fascinated by the pulpit which was sculpted by Pisano. The figures are very detailed and it’s almost as if they are coming free from the stone itself. The church is steeped with history as well. Galileo is said to have devised his theory here, Pope Gregory VIII was buried here (though his tomb was destroyed by fire in the sixteenth century), the bones of Pisa’s patron saint are here (St Ranieri) as well as the tomb of the Holy Roman Emperor Henry VII. If you are in Pisa, this place is definitely worth a visit.
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