Piazza dei Miracoli

The Square of Miracles, also known as Field of Miracles, represents the pulsating heart of Pisa, hosting numerous buildings and attractions of great importance.

In 1987, it received the prestigious title of UNESCO World Heritage Site, and its history dates back to the Etruscan and Roman era of the city. The square has always played a central role in the religious life cycle of the people of Pisa.

The monuments that transform this square, otherwise ordinary among many others, into the renowned "Square of Miracles" are: the Cathedral, the Baptistery, the Bell Tower or Leaning Tower, and the Monumental Cemetery.

An harmonious synergy of architectural and sculptural works, which rise majestic and austere, while maintaining an intrinsic refinement and charm, unfolds around a wide and soft green lawn. It is precisely in this natural simplicity that the white marbles, skillfully crafted and made precious by human ingenuity, find a perfect setting.

In this pleasant simplicity of the “Field“, the grandeur of these works seems almost a creation of nature itself, wonderfully amalgamated. Even a hurried tourist passing by cannot help but feel an intense sense of admiration and emotion. This splendid architectural composition, characterized by a harmony of styles and colors, contrasts with the beauty of the ancient walls that extend to the west and east, as well as the 13th-century buildings, located to the south and now housing the "Spedali Riuniti di S. Chiara".

The placement of the individual monuments seems to respond to a precise design, derived from the particular astrological symbolism associated with the three stars of the Aries constellation, to which the city of Pisa seems to refer.

The imposing magnificence of the marbles, the lush green of the lawn, the ancient walls crowned with battlements, and the row of solemn cypress trees compose a truly grand ensemble, a ballet of lights that fascinates at any time of the day.

As the evening falls, the view becomes perhaps even more enchanting, as the sun gives way to a dim and soft light, which gives the play of lights a more suggestive and penetrating charm.

The largest monumental complex in medieval Europe, also known as the Field of Miracles, represents an eminent example of Pisan Romanesque style.

It is a unique case in the context of contemporary Italian architecture: a collection of candidly refined architectures that stand out on the world's most famous green lawn. The abundant availability of light marbles, coming from nearby quarries, together with frequent contacts with Greek and Islamic art, has produced that characteristic particularly luminous chromaticism, which has spread not only inland but also in areas where Pisan influence has been more or less direct, such as Puglia, Sardinia, and Corsica.

The individual monuments, the cathedral, the leaning tower, the baptistery, and the cemetery, develop in an extremely organic and uniform complex, in which the theme of columns surmounted by round arches becomes predominant , interpreted equivalently in the different buildings of the square.

Created: 09 Aug 2013
Last update: 01 Jul 2023

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