Camposanto Monumentale

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  • Address: Piazza del Duomo, Pisa PI, Italy , 56122
  • Timings: 08:30 am - 01:30 pm Details
  • Phone: +39-050835011
  • Ticket Price: 5 EUR
  • Tags: Historical Site, Cemetery, Landmarks, Monuments And Memorials

Camposanto Monumentale - Review

More serene than spooky- the Camposanto Monumentale is probably one of the prettiest graveyards you’ll see. With beautiful art and architecture preserving the bodies of numerous souls, this cemetery is a must see for all of those visiting Pisa. The cemetery is said to have been build upon holy soil brought back from Golgotha, the soil upon which Christ was crucified, thus the name ‘Campo Santo’ or ‘Holy Field’. The suffix ‘Monumentale’ is to distinguish these burial grounds from the newer one within the city.

The cemetery was built between 1278 and 1464 and was the last structure to be created within the famous Piazza. The architect, Giovanni di Simone, created a Gothic styled cloister to enclose the holy ground. As you walk through the cemetery grounds, you’ll notice a number of famous Pisan names as this served as the final resting place for most of Pisa’s upper class of the time. During the subsequent years, delicate sarcophagi were attached all across the cathedral and its walls were covered in divine frescoes. Many of these were destroyed during the fire that was created by an aerial strike during World War II but were restored and relocated to the MuseodelleSinopie. Thankfully, you can still see a few in their original places.

The cemetery is symbolism for death. Initially, the cemetery was to be a church but plans changed at some point during construction. Along with the Battistero, which stands for ‘birth’ and the Cathedral, which stands for ‘life’, this cemetery completes the cycle. Due to this, it is regarded as a deeply sacred place for Christians. This cemetery is further elevated in status due to the holy soil upon which it was built. On top of that, a pope of the Catholic church was buried in the grounds of the Piaza as well, thus heightening the religious and cultural significance of this site. The stunning religion themed artwork combined with its serene white and gray colour palate has made this old cemetery one of the most famous in the world

Many people visit the Piazza every day but are usually blown away by the stunning Leaning Tower of Pisa and do not notice the quieter charm of the cemetery. This is a sad mistake, as Camposanto is full of beautiful artwork that’ll readily take your breath away. Its outer walls are made up of 43 blind arches, with its entrance crowned with a tabernacle containing the Virgin Mary with Child, surrounded by four saints. There are three chapels your eyes will meet, named Ammannati, Aulla and Dal Pozzo. An unusual trait of this cemetery is that most of the bodies buried here are preserved under the arches and floor boards while a few can be found in the central lawn outside. Once upon a time, delicate sarcophagi were attached all across the cathedral and its walls were covered in frescoes but after a terrible fire, have been placed inside the Museum of the Cathedral, between the between Piazza dell' Arcivescovado and Piazza del Duomo.

Camposanto Monumentale Information

  • Check out the remaining frescoes. Some that are notable are the 14th century Triumph of Death, a terrifying Last Judgment and Stories of the Anchorites. The artist is unknown, so he is known by the delightful name ‘Master of the Triumph of Death’.
  • Take your time to take in all the art. They’re fantastically detailed, from the paintings, to the statues, to the sarcophagi!
  • Expect a lot of crowd outside.

How To reach Camposanto Monumentale by Public Transport

  • Bus numbers 21 and 4.
  • The train station is also nearby.

Restaurants Near Camposanto Monumentale

  • Il Toscana (Moderate)
  • Le Repubbliche Marinare (Seafood)
  • Osteria Bernardo (American)
  • OsteriadeiCavalieri (Expensive)
  • Ristoro Al VecchioTeatro (Moderate)

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  • Camposanto Monumentale Address: Piazza del Duomo, Pisa PI, Italy , 56122
  • Camposanto Monumentale Contact Number: +39-050835011
  • Camposanto Monumentale Timing: 08:30 am - 01:30 pm
  • Camposanto Monumentale Price: 5 EUR
  • Best time to visit Camposanto Monumentale(preferred time): 09:00 am - 01:00 pm
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  • 12.73% of people who visit Pisa include Camposanto Monumentale in their plan

  • 67.92% of people start their Camposanto Monumentale visit around 09 AM - 10 AM

  • People usually take around 30 Minutes to see Camposanto Monumentale

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58.18% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Camposanto Monumentale

People normally club together Piazza Del Duomo and The Knights' Square while planning their visit to Camposanto Monumentale.

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Camposanto Monumentale, Pisa Reviews

  • I didn't get a chance to go in and look - wish I had now. But looked good from the outside.

  • The Camposanto was a delight to see. Almost no visitors compared to the crowds outside. Restoration of the frescoes seems to be progressing well. Considering it is included in the ticket for the other sights it's worth visiting. You might even find Fibonacci!

  • If you enjoy history, this site will blow your mind. The artworks and sculptures are mind blowing.

  • The Campo Santo is probably my favourite place on the Field of Miracles. A lovely arched quadrant with fine murals & statues and a lovely chapel at the east side. On the north side of the quadrant marble floor is the burial place for religious dignitaries some interesting cravings here.The renovation work is first class & the site is a good place just to stroll around & enjoy the artwork at an unhurried pace.

  • This is actually a monumental cemetery and it is said to have been built around a shipload of sacred soil from Golgotha, brought back to Pisa from the crusaders in the 12th century. There one can see actual artworks/sculptures from Greek and Roman artists representing important figures of the Toscana. I really enjoyed the visit, the area was clean and quiet and the sculptures well preserved.

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