Camposanto Monumentale Pisa

Camposanto Monumentale Pisa - Benozzo Gozzoli - Destruction of Sodom

The Camposanto has been a cemetery in Pisa since 1278. It is also known as Camposanto Monumentale. Of the four buildings on the Piazza del Duomo it is the most recent one. One of the highlights in this cemetery is a fresco cycle themed “Triumph of Death”. There are also a number of beautiful chapels.

Camposanto Monumentale Pisa

Address, opening hours and admission

Address: Piazza del Duomo, Pisa, Italy.Opening times: April-September: 8.30-20:00 hrs; March and October: 09.00-18.00 hrs; November-February: 10.00-17.00 hrs. Closed: Never. Entrance fee: 5 Euro.

History and description

One of the frescoes by Benozzo Gozzoli

Construction of the cemetery called Camposanto was begun in 1278, by Giovanni di Simone. Construction was finally completed during the 16th century.

This “Holy Field”is supposed to contain soil from the Holy Land.

Wood carvings decorate the Roman sarcophagi that were found there.

The cemetery is mostly famous because of its frescoes, many of which were destroyed by bombs in World War II, however.

Cappella del Pozzo

The Cappella del Pozzo, with its eye-catching dome, is named after the Archbishop of Pisa, Carlo Antonio del Pozzo, and was added to the structure in 1594.

Chapels

Besides the Capella del Pozzo there are two other chapels in the Camposanto, the Ammanati Chapel and the Aulla Chapel.

Triumph of Death

The most famous frescoes in the Camposanto are part of a cycle titled “Triumph of Death”. The cycle was painted between 1360 and 1380.

Ruins

Beneath the cemetery are the ruins of the Baptistery of the Santa Reparata church. (The church itself stood on the spot where the Duomo now stands).

Camposanto – Piazza del Duomo, Pisa

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