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Doorway to Campo Santo - Pisa

Posted by Eric Cousineau (Sherwood Park, Canada) on 24 September 2009 in Architecture and Portfolio.

The building itself dates from a century later and was erected over the earlier burial ground. The building of this huge, oblong Gothic cloister began in 1278 by the architect Giovanni di Simone. He died in 1284 when Pisa suffered a defeat in a naval battle of Meloria against the Genoans. The cemetery was only completed in 1464. The outer wall is composed of 43 blind arches. There are two doorways. The one on the right is crowned by a gracious Gothic tabernacle. It contains the Virgin Mary with Child, surrounded by four saints. It is the work from the second half of the 14th century by a follower of Giovanni Pisano. Most of the tombs are under the arcades, although a few are on the central lawn. The inner court is surrounded by elaborate round arches with slender mullions and plurilobed tracery.

Pentax *ist D 1/2000 second F/11.0 ISO 800 75 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

so much history... thanks for the description. Wonderful shot.

24 Sep 2009 7:28am

@Sarito: Thank you my friend! ;-)

Elena Kotrotsou from Drossia, Greece

Gorgeous capture

24 Sep 2009 7:33am

@Elena Kotrotsou: Thank you Elena! ;-)

mo.langel from Switzerland

Superbe cadrage très graphique!

24 Sep 2009 10:41am

@mo.langel: Merci beaucoup Mo! ;-)

bluechameleon from Vancouver, Canada

Beautiful structure and nicely capture...really something to see.

24 Sep 2009 12:29pm

@bluechameleon: Thank you very much Sharon! Yes, definitely a site to see. ;-)

k@ from Paris, France

The blue works so well with the magniicient white architecture*

24 Sep 2009 12:37pm

@k@: Thank you very much Karine! ;-)

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

Beautiful framing of this great architecture !

24 Sep 2009 2:12pm

@MARIANA: Thanks very much Mariana! ;-)

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Very beautiful italian light and a great architecture shot :)

24 Sep 2009 5:17pm

@Paco Díaz: Thank you very much Paco! ;-)

Jen from Alpharetta, United States

Very nice composition!

25 Sep 2009 1:39am

@Jen: Thanks Jen! ;-)

Lee from Fort Frances Ontario, Canada

Phenomenal architecture. Another history lesson for me.

25 Sep 2009 3:29am

@Lee: Thank you Lee! ;-)

Japanalia from Yokohama, Japan

Quite interesting the different designs used here:, the wall is sober and undecorated, the Gothic tabernacle full of lace, gargoyles and little statutes! They make a whole of whites and greys that are most pleasant to watch!

25 Sep 2009 4:25am

@Japanalia: Thank you very much Gabriela! I appreciate your visits and comments..... ;-)

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

Very nice architecture, but a wider angle with no cut arrows could be nice, too :-)

25 Sep 2009 4:59pm

@Calusarus: Thank you Calusarus! ;-)

Anouk from Neuchâtel, Switzerland

Joli cadrage!

27 Sep 2009 10:12am

@Anouk: Merci beaucoup Anouk! ;-)

Veronique from Sarrouilles, France

original view

27 Sep 2009 8:48pm

@Veronique: Thank you very much Veronique! ;-)

StarCosmosBleu from Bedford.Qc, Canada

So much architectural art in the area you are visiting..and cool that you give us info...thanks...lovely shot

28 Sep 2009 12:57pm

@StarCosmosBleu: Thanks Marcel! ;-)