Pisa Cemetery - Tracy McCrackin Photography
Pisa Cemetery - Tracy McCrackin Photography
Pisa Cemetery - Tracy McCrackin Photography

Pisa Cemetery

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The Pisans attacked the city of Palermo on the island of Sicily in 1063. The attack was successful and the conquerors returned to Pisa with a great deal of treasure. To show the world just how important the city was, the people of Pisa decided to build a great cathedral complex, the Field of Miracles. The plan included a cathedral, a baptistery, a bell tower (the Tower of Pisa) and a cemetery.

The entire Piazza of Pisa is the most splendiferous assemblage of Romanesque architecture in Italy.  Faced in gray-and-white striped marble and bristling with columns and arches, the cathedral, with its curiously Islamic dome and matching domed baptistery, rises from an emerald green lawn.

The outer wall is composed of 43 blind arches.  It is the work from the second half of the 14th century by a follower of Giovanni Pisano.  Most of the tombs are under the arcades, although a few are under the central lawn. The inner court is surrounded by elaborate round arches with slender mullions and plurilobed tracery.  

The cemetery has three chapels. In the Aulla chapel you can see also the original incense lamp that Galileo Gailei used used for calculation of pendular movements. The chapel, Dal Pozzo, has relics including eleven of the twelve Apostles, two fragments of the True Cross and a thorn from the Crown of Thorns of Christ and a small piece of the dress of the Virgin Mary. 

This "Pisa Cemetery" image captures the ornate architecture of this impressive cemetery.  Add this timeless Italian architecture image to your home, office or cubicle. Your image will be printed using high-quality papers with a high color accuracy, which guarantees that your prints will last a lifetime without fading.