The Tuscan stripe, Pistoia and beyond

I love the dark green and cream colored striped churches found throughout Tuscany!

This past weekend I went to Pistoia for the first time and look what I saw!

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San Giovanni Fuoricivitas

Above and below, the Romanesque church of San Giovanni Fuoricivitas, (12th–14th century)

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Then there is the Duomo and the beautiful 14th century Baptistry in the Piazza.

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Baptistry, Pistoia

 

Across the Piazza del Duomo sits Il Duomo with its beautiful campanile.

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The Cathedral of San Zeno was started in the 5th century, but the building we see today took shape in the 12th century.  While the facade is Romanesque, the duomo’s interior is all Baroque.

The iconic Romanesque campanile, standing at some 67 metres (220 ft), was erected over an ancient Lombard tower.

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Andrea della Robbia designed the beautiful and prominent glazed ceramic sculptures over the central doorway.

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As you walk through the lovely, medieval city center, you run across several typical Tuscan Gothic/Romanesque churches.  The one above is Sant’ Andrea.  I’ll be writing more about it soon.

 

 

 

 

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