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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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  • This church is one of the architectural wonders of Pistoia, with its splendid marble revetment on the northern side, the only one not besieged by the surrounding buildings, and the precious and rare works of art held in the dark and quiet inside, as the pulpit, the font, the visitation of Luca Dell Madder, polyptychs and frescoes. To see.
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  • This time I finally found open. Should however be always as in other Italian cities. This church has masterpieces inside. Beautiful first and foremost the Pulpit ... a real surprise. Paintings of the 300 really exceptional but little valued and forgotten. Should be absolutely valued.
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  • And through the narrow streets in front of the large marble Church POPs. A little dirt is noticeable, but still impressive church with green and white marble. Unfortunately in the afternoon went to was is worth only the view from the outside was not allowed inside the Church.
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  • The stained glass of the rose window is beautiful! Well worth a visit!
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  • A front masterpiece
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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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