Sunday, May 26, 2013

Camposanto Monumentale

Camposanto Monumentale, Monumental Cemetery, piazza del Duomo, Pisa
The Gothic tabernacle above the entance of the Camposanto Monumentale (Monumental Cemetery), at the northern edge of Piazza dei Miracoli. The Campo Santo, which translates as Holy Field, is a 13th-century cemetery built after the Fourth Crusade. Ubaldo de' Lanfranchi, archbishop of Pisa, decided that the Pisans were to be buried in the very earth of the Holy Land and commissioned a fleet of ships to bring home thousands of tons of soil from the hill outside Jerusalem where Jesus is believed to have been crucified.

See also: Santa Maria Assunta - Leaning Tower - Baptistry of St. John
External links: Piazza dei Miracoli - Leaning Tower - Baptistry - Camposanto Monumentale (Wikipedia)

(Why are we posting about Pisa? Click here for an answer)


Lynette said...

The detail here is magnificent. Thanks for taking such a clear photo to share with us.

Gunn said...

You are surrounded with beautiful details in ITALY, no doubt about that.

Have a nice Sunday!

Greetings from Stavanger/ gunn

JM said...

Fantastic! Such a beautiful work.

cieldequimper said...

Incredible balancing act for this fantastic piece of art. Nice and clean, too.

Dina said...

I am amazed at this story! My first time to hear it.
They carted earth from Golgotha all the way to the coast and then shipped it to Pisa?
Do you think logistically it could have been possible then?

Lois Evensen said...

How gloriously beautiful!

Randy said...

Wonderful details.