The Duomo - Cathedral, Pisa

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  • Main nave of the Duomo di Pisa.
    Main nave of the Duomo di Pisa.
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  • The side facade of the Duomo di Pisa.
    The side facade of the Duomo di Pisa.
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  • Beautiful interior of the cathedral.
    Beautiful interior of the cathedral.
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    Cattedrale di Pisa

    by machomikemd Updated Jul 6, 2016

    The Cattedrale di Pisa is supposed to be the star attraction of the Piazza Dei Duomo but it is eclipsed by it's more famous bell tower, the campanile (the leaning tower of Pisa) that made the city famous around the world. This huge cathedral was started 1064 but was finished in 1093 and designed by Architect Buschetto into the Pisan Romanesque style prevalent during those times. the cathedral was partially damaged in 1595 but was renovated. It is dedicated to Santa Maria Assunta (St. Mary of the Assumption). The cathedral has a large knave with two central aisles and several side chapels .

    entrance to the Cathedral is free

    hours:

    November, December, January & February: 10am to 12.45pm & 2pm to 5pm
    March: 10am to 6pm
    April to September: 10am to 8pm
    October: 10am to 7pm

    Directions: Piazza del Duomo , 56126 Pisa PI, Italy

    Website: http://www.opapisa.it

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    Duomo di Pisa – Beautiful interior!

    by Jerelis Written Oct 8, 2015

    The heart of the Piazza dei Miracoli is for sure the Duomo di Pisa. We were pleased and excited to enter this medieval cathedral. This building is as beautiful at the inside as it is on the outside. Do keep in mind that ladies need their shoulders covered. Its construction began in 1064 and we saw that the mosaics of the interior as well as the pointed arches showed a strong Byzantine influence. The ceiling is stunning and ends in a fabulous golden mosaic over the apse. Keep in mind that the ceiling was largely redecorated after a fire in 1595, which destroyed most of the Renaissance art works.

    A nice detail is the present day reconstruction of the pulpit, which official is not the correct one. Now it lies not in the same original position, that was nearer the main altar, and the disposition of the columns and the panels are not the original ones. Also the original stairs (maybe in marble) were lost. But still it leaves so much to admire, like some relics that were brought during the Crusades, and I am not able to mention it all in this tip though. A must visit once you are in Pisa!

    Address: Piazza dei Miracoli, 56126 Pisa.

    Directions: Right at the touristic city center, can’t miss it!

    Phone: 050560547

    Website: http://www.opapisa.it/it/la-piazza-dei-miracoli/cattedrale/ledificio.html#_=_

    Being proud inside the Duomo di Pisa. A skull insdie the cathedral. Another facade of the Duomo di Pisa. Leaving the square by the evening. Beautiful interior of the cathedral.
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    Duomo di Pisa – Lightning a candle.

    by Jerelis Written Oct 8, 2015

    During our visit to the city of Pisa we were quite late when we first arrived at the Piazza dei Miracoli, but we were still allowed to enter it. A huge advantage of our late arrival was the fact that there were almost no tourists left at all and we were able to move around rather easily. Whenever we visit a church the kids always want to burn a candle, it has become a bit of a tradition. The sight of burning votive candles - real or electronic - is common in most Catholic cathedrals. The candles are usually placed before statues of saints or at shrines. But how did this tradition get its start?

    According to A Handbook of Catholic Sacramentals, by Ann Ball, the practice of lighting candles in order to obtain some favor probably has its origins in the custom of burning lights at the tombs of the martyrs in the catacombs. The lights burned as a sign of solidarity with Christians still on earth. Because the lights continually burned as a silent vigil, they became known as vigil lights. Vigil Lights (from the Latin vigilia, which means "waiting" or "watching") are traditionally accompanied by prayers of attention or waiting. Another common type of candle offering is the votive light. Such an offering is indicative of seeking some favor from the Lord or the saint before which the votive is placed. So for us lighting a candle is a way of extending our prayer and showing solidarity with the person on whose behalf our prayer is offered.

    Address: Piazza dei Miracoli, 56126 Pisa.

    Directions: Right at the touristic city center, can’t miss it!

    Phone: 050560547

    Website: http://www.opapisa.it/it/la-piazza-dei-miracoli/cattedrale/ledificio.html#_=_

    Do keep in mind how you dress! Inside the cathedral. Sam inside the cathedral. Beautiful interior of the cathedral. Walking towards the main altar.
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    Duomo di Pisa – Pisa Cathedral.

    by Jerelis Written Oct 8, 2015

    Maybe it is not honest at all, but not many people come to Pisa for the Duomo di Pisa. We all are mostly interested in the famous leaning tower and therefore we travel to Pisa in the first place. They started building this cathedral in 1093 and is truly a masterpiece of Romanesque architecture. Despite its nearness to the eye-catching and tourist-attracting leaning tower, the Duomo di Pisa still dominates the monumental Piazza dei Miracoli in Pisa. This was quite an awareness when we entered the famous square. My field of view immediately was attracted to the Duomo die Pisa instead of the leaning tower.

    Of course for our kids we first made some pictures of the leaning tower, but after that I was mostly interested in visiting the Duomo di Pisa. We learned that we needed an entrance ticket before entering the Duomo di Pisa. We bought one and were very excited to enter this amazing Pisa Cathedral. It really the inside that took our breath away. The artworks are simply stunning and worth visiting Pisa for alone.

    Address: PiPiazza dei Miracoli, 56126 Pisa.

    Directions: Right at the touristic city center, can’t miss it!

    Phone: 050560547

    Website: http://www.opapisa.it/it/la-piazza-dei-miracoli/cattedrale/ledificio.html#_=_

    The Duomo di Pisa. The side facade of the Duomo di Pisa. Inside the Duomo di Pisa. Overview at Duomo di Pisa and the leaning tower. Main nave of the Duomo di Pisa.
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    The Duomo, Santa Maria Assunta

    by GracesTrips Updated Mar 29, 2015

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    This is the amazing cathedral next to the leaning tower of Pisa. The interior is spectacular with frescoes and detailed architecture. Even the bronze doors are beautiful. Next to the cathedral is a smaller round Romanesque building. That is the Baptistery, dedicated to St. John, the Baptist. It is the largest baptistery in Italy. A "must see" if you are in Pisa.

    Please see my travelogue for more photos of the church!

    Address: Piazza del Duomo, Pisa, Italy

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    Duomo Santa Maria Assunta

    by shavy Written Oct 24, 2013

    The Cathedral of Pisa is located in the center of the Campo dei Miracoli . The medieval Cathedral has the shape of a basilica five arches and is dedicated to Mary
    The construction began in 1064, under the supervision of the architect Buscheto, his tomb is built into the leftmost arch of the facade, after the death of Buscheto , Rainaldo took over the Duomo was funded with the loot that the Pisans had won when they defeated the Saracens
    The building had to show how rich and powerful Pisa was, the floor plan of the church is a Latin cross

    The Duomo is a wonderful example of the Pisan - Romanesque style, the interior is lined with black and white marble, in 1595 , after a violent fire , most of the medieval art destroyed, the mosaic in the apse , Christ in Majesty , is a relic from 1302, the magnificent pulpit from 1302, also survived the fire , is a masterpiece of Giovanni Pisano
    This chair you see nine scenes from the New Testament , of white marble carved with chiaroscuro effect
    The Cathedral is also the mummified body of Ranieri , the patron saint of Pisa and the tomb of the Roman emperor Henry VII

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    The Pulpit of the Duomo

    by hquittner Updated Jun 22, 2013

    The pulpit of the Duomo is the most important piece of sculpture in the church, It is the work of Giovanni Pisano done between 1302 and 1311. He was the son of Nicola who created the pulpit of the Baptistry. The sculpture was dismantled in 1599 after a fire in the church. The sculpture was only reconstructed in 1926. It is remarkable that such a fine work could be considered to be worthless for so long.

    Hercules in Lower Level Upper Level of Pulpit
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    Inside the Duomo

    by hquittner Updated Jun 20, 2013

    The cathedral is probably the longest one started in the 11th century. The Duomo was started in 1063 and is almost 100 meters long. This first medieval church laid out in the shape of a cross. It is also extremely wide (48 ft) with a nave and 4 aisles, a plan not used since early Christian times. The nave is lined by 68 granite columns, almost all with Corinthian capitals. There are galleries above the aisles and along the transepts with apses at the ends of each transept as well as at the east end of the church. There are only small clerestory windows above.

    Long View of Nave Lateral View of Nave Main Altar of Pisa Cathedral View Into Crossing of Duomo View of South Transept Apse
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    An Unusually Wide Grassy Field

    by hquittner Written Jun 17, 2013

    Nowhere else in Europe have we seen such broadly spaced set of four religious buildings. At its center of a grassy field sits the west end of the 100 meter long Duomo with one of the first examples of a triple set of entry doors. In spite of this, the real entrance is by the south transept, via a bronze set by Bonanno Pisano in 1186. The other bronze doors were destroyed in a fire in1595 and were redone in 1602 by the workshop of Giambologna. The lower half of the west facade is topped by a set of seven very tall blind arcades, with the similar arcades continuing around the entire building.The upper half of the facade is graced by four levels of decreasingly long galleries of marble columns in typical Pisan style. Above the galleries are three statues, the central one done by yet another Pisano named Andrea.

    West Facade of Duomo South View of Duomo  and Baptistry South Transept Duomo and Campanile Campanile and Duomo View from Outside the West Wall
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    Cathedral

    by Benson35 Written Dec 24, 2012

    The Cathedral in Cathedral Square is amazing. Just to look at the intricate carvings on the outside of the building will take time to absorb the beauty.
    Inside, the Cathedral is beautiful and deserves your time to enjoy.

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    Duomo

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written Jun 10, 2012

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    The heart of the Piazza del Duomo is the Duomo, the medieval cathedral, entitled to Santa Maria Assunta (St. Mary of the Assumption). This is a five-naved cathedral with a three-naved transept.
    Construction was begun in 1064 by the architect Busketo, and set the model for the distinctive Pisan Romanesque style of architecture. The mosaics of the interior, as well as the pointed arches, show a strong Byzantine influence.
    The façade, of grey marble and white stone set with discs of coloured marble, was built by a master named Rainaldo, as indicated by an inscription above the middle door: Rainaldus prudens operator.

    Opening hours:
    From November to February 10:00-13:00/15.00-17.00; March 10:00-18:00 (until 13/3) 10:00-19:00 (until 20/3) 10:00-20:00 (from 21/3); from April to September 10:00-20:00; October 10:00-19:00
    The entrance is allowed 30 minutes before closing time. On holidays the Cathedral opens at 13:00.
    Mass hours: Weekdays 8:00, 9:30; Sunday 8:00, 9:30, 11:00
    Tickets:
    2,00 euro
    School groups: 1,00 euro
    Entry is free from 1 November to 1 March
    For further information:
    Tel: +39 050 560547/561820
    Fax: +39 050 560505

    You can watch my 3 min 41 sec Video Pisa Dome out of my Youtube channel or here on VT.

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    Campo dei Miracoli - Portale di San Ranieri

    by croisbeauty Updated Jan 26, 2012

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    %Would be almost funny if such an magnificent church has ordinary door. This massive main bronze door were made in the workshops of Giambologna, replacing the original doors destroyed in fire. The central door was in bronze and made by Bonanno Pisano while the other two were in wood. The bronze reliefs on the doors displaying the scenes from the Bible."

    Address: Campo dei Miracoli

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    Campo dei Miracoli - inside of the Duomo

    by croisbeauty Written Sep 27, 2011

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    The cathedral has a five-naved plan with a three-naved transept. The interior is faced with black and white marble, frescoed dome and has a gilded ceiling carrying the coat of arms of the Medici. The magnificent carved pulpit was made by Nicolo's Pisano son Giovanni and it represents one of the masterworks of medieval sculpture.
    The cathedral contains the bones of Saint Ranieri, the patron saint of Pisa and the tomb of the Holy Roman Emperor Henry VII, carved by Tino da Camaino. The tomb was disassembled and changed position many times during the years for political reasons.

    Address: Campo dei Miracoli

    interiors of Duomo carved pulpit by Giovanni Pisano transept the main altar the tomb of Holy Roman Emperor Henry VII

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    Campo dei Miracoli - Duomo

    by croisbeauty Updated Sep 26, 2011

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    The construction of magnificent Pisan Duomo was begun in 1063 by great local architect Buscheto, and consecrated in 1118 by Pope Gelasius II. After the death of its initiator, however, the construction suffered a set-back. The facade was built by architect Reinaldo, successor to Buscheto, and Master Guglielmo, who also sculpted the first pulpit in the Duomo.
    It is possible to see the presence of many different styles in the architecture of the building like; Arab and Byzantine elements, classical and Lombard forms and cultural traditions of Tuscany, giving life to the one of the most original creations of Italian Romanesque style.

    Duomo VirginMary fragment from a doorway Cupola the front facade
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    Look for the small details

    by leics Updated Apr 26, 2011

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    The Duomo may be hugely impressive, but do take the time to walk around its exterior.

    Look carefully at its lower stones. You will not only see ancient inscriptions relating to those who are buried nearby, and some ancient graffiti, but also re-used Roman stonework, its inscriptions always inverted to show the dominance of the Christian church over 'pagan' Rome.

    And check the high-up windows too, because there is some lovely and intricate marble mosaic-work to be seen.

    Always look closely...you never know what you'll see !

    See my 'small details' tip for the Tower as well.

    Address: Campo dei Miracoli

    Inverted Roman inscription Mosaic decoration Memorial inscription Random Celtic knot stonework Memorial inscriptions
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