Palazzo dei Cavalieri in Piazza dei Cavalieri
Buildings along the Arno in Pisa and the Gothic silhouette of Santa Maria della Spina
The white lozenge shapes on the building windows are part of the preparations for the "Luminara di San Ranieri", a celebrattion in which the city buildings and monuments are decorated with lights to be lighted in February, two weeks after the Republic Day.
Façade of the church of Santa Maria della Spina
Church of Santa Maria della Spina
Palazzo Agostini at Lungarno Pacinotti
Another historic building of Pisa on the shores of the Arno, on Lungarno Pacinotti street. This building, which nowadays corresponds to the facilities of Caffè dell’Ussero, was the headquarters of Cinema Lumière (1899), a pioneer establishment of cinema in Italy; it was also the location of the First Italian Scientists’ Congress (1839); and during the 18th century it would have been an inn, where personalities such as Giacomo Casanova or Carlo Goldoni stayed for a time.
The Clock Tower of Palazzo Pretorio
Pretorio Palace is a work started in the 18th century by the Pisan architect Alessandro Gherardesca, and is one of the architectural structures in the city that was damaged during World War II, and had to be reconstructed, thereby modifying its original design.
Piazza XX Settembre or piazza dell'Orologio
Palazzo Blu - Blue Palace
Palazzo dell'Orologio in piazza dei Cavalieri
The Clock Palace of 1607, a work by Giorgio Vasari, which incorporated in its structure a previous medieval tower known as the Tower of Hunger. This tower was located on the right part of the building in the photo, and the name is due to the fact that in 1289 it was used to lock up count Ugolino della Gherardesca, who was accused of treason and condemned to death by starvation.
Façade of the church of Santo Stefano dei Cavalieri of Pisa
The eight-pointed Maltese cross stands out on the summit, on top of the support representing six mountains, and on various parts of the façade. This variety is also known as the cross of the eight Beatitudes, and is used in the coat of arms of the Order of Saint Stephen, funded by Cosimo I de’ Medici, whose statue can be seen in a later photo of this square. Below the pediment on the main entrance there is an inscription that reads "In hoc signo vinces," a Latin phrase derived from the Greek "ἐν τούτῳ νίκα" (In this sign you will conquer/vanquish/overpower), which is attributed to a vision of emperor Constantine I.
Statue of the Duke Cosimo I de' Medici
Uguccione della Faggiola street in Pisa
One of the roads to reach Knights Square ("Piazza dei Cavalieri") from the Square of Miracles ("Piazza dei Miracoli"), or vice-versa; by following this path you can also find the ancient church of San Sisto on the way, which I will include in the gallery Pisa in Infrared.
The Archiepiscopal Palace of Pisa, near Piazza dei Miracoli.
Medieval wall of Pisa
Façade of the church of San Michele in Borgo of Pisa
This predominantly Romanesque church is located near Garibaldi square, and its initial construction dates from the year 1016, when it replaces an ancient temple dedicated to Mars. Along the centuries it was modified until it was completed in the 17th century, although it had to be partially reconstructed due to the damages suffered during World War II.
Central portal of the Church of San Michele in Borgo
Panorama of Piazza dei Cavalieri
On the left, the Clock Palace ("Palazzo dell’Orologio"); and on the right, the Scuola Normale Superiore.