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San Giovanni Fuoricivitas, Pistoia

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San Giovanni Fuoricivitas is a Romanesque religious complex in Pistoia, Tuscany, central Italy. The adjective fuoricivitas refers to the fact that, when it was founded during the Lombard rule in Italy, the complex was located outside the city walls.HistoryNo traces remain of the original Lombard edifice.The first document mentioning the church dates to 1119, when the church was described by Bishop Ildebrand as "nearly in ruins". The current building was most likely built soon afterward. The works lasted until 1344.The church was severely damaged by the Allied bombings during World War II, and was later restored.DescriptionExterior and cloisterThe appearance of the edifice is mostly defined by its northern side, originally parallel to now disappeared walls. The southern side faces the cloister, while the apse side and the façade are barely visible due to nearby structures. The northern side has most of the external decorations, including a rich portal with a sculpted architrave depicting the "Last Supper'', signed and dated (1166) by the master Gruamonte. The pattern of the wall is typical of other buildings in Pistoia, and inspired by the contemporary Pisan Romanesque: it features rows of small arcades on small or blind columns with small windows and lozenges inscribed within the arches. The stones used, white and green in color, are respectively marble and serpentine from Prato.
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  • The church in itself is not special, although the side facade with its typical medieval stripped marble is incredible. Inside again it is a typical medieval church but there is one of the most unusual...  more »
  • The facade is amazing with its antique stripes. It holds excellent pieces of art, altars, baptismal fonts and painting.  more »
  • at some point in the middleages Pistoia counted 115 churches, for a population of 8000 people. The catholic church at the time was certainly onje of the main employers! San Giovanni Fuorcivitas, ie St...  more »
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  • The stained glass of the rose window is beautiful! Well worth a visit!
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  • Beautiful church feature of Pistoia, in white and green marble, called Fuorcivitas because outside of the first city walls in the middle ages
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