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Airpunk Airpunk
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The Duomo - Pisa's Cathedral Sep 15, 2017
The oldest building on the Campo dei Miracoli is the Cathedral which was built between 1063 and 1118. It is almost entirely Romanesque with Byzantine and Armenian elements. Only few other modern elements were obtained through later additions.

Outside the richtly decorated arches are worth mentioning as well as sevral status, including Mother and Child on top of the Cathedral. The 12th century bronze doors are also well-known. Inside, a large number of artworks, amongst them paintings, mosaics and tapestry, can be admired. Other highlights include the tomb of Holy Roman Emperor Henry VII, and an early 19th century organ. The 14th century pulpit survived a fire in 1595 but was only completely restored and put into use in 1926. In my opinion, the Cathedral is one of the most beautiful churches in Italy, though it is not well known as its overshadowed by the Leaning Tower. It's surely worth a visit before or after visiting the tower and should not be missed.

Entry to the Cathedral is free. However, you will have to pick up a free ticket at the ticket shop where you also buy tickets for the other buidlings on the Campo dei Miracoli. This ticket will have a time slot for your visit. If you already paid a ticket for any of the other buildings (Leaning Tower, Sinopy Museum, Camposanto or Baptistery) you can visit the Cathedral at any time on the same day for free.
Duomo (Cathedral), Pisa
Duomo (Cathedral), Pisa
Duomo (Cathedral), Pisa
Duomo (Cathedral), Pisa
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Andy99 Andy99
621 reviews
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.
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Vipin Vipin
691 reviews
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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