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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  • In this case the sermons from the pulpit one of the most beautiful of Tuscany. And the Church is very impressive: with its two colors outside and austere shapes inside.
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  • Two are the attractions of the building: the pulpit of FRA Guglielmo, a pupil of Nicola Pisano and the marble stoup. There would also be an altarpiece in the chancel, but totally inadequate lighting does not admire it.
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  • The Church both externally and internally is really bella...il pulpit is beautiful ... too bad cold as hell.
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  • Excellent monument of medieval culture and architecture. You are going to find frescoes of XIV century here. Admission is free but any donation is welcomed and highly appreciated. Visitors are allowed to take non commercial photo without flash light.
  • Beautiful.
  • Ancient Church of the town, called Fuorcivitas, because outside the old city's first urban circles!!
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  • Here too a pulpit for the plasticity of the sculptures (after that of Sant'Andrea); We are in front of the pulpit of FRA Guglielmo da Pisa.
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  • beautiful sculpted architrave of the lintel (last supper)
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