San Giovanni Fuoricivitas

San Giovanni Fuoricivitas, Pistoia

San Giovanni Fuoricivitas
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traveltastic_no1
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK158 contributions
Friends
A church with an impressive and very distinctive exterior. Inside it was somewhat of a different story, as the interior was rather gloomy making it difficult to make out any details. Since it is free, however, it is definitely worth popping in if you are passing by.
Written September 9, 2013
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JohnUK
London, UK939 contributions
Couples
With such a bravura front it would be difficult for the interior to match it. This most extraordinary of buildings proclaims wealth with its show facade to the street. Internally it is dark and pretty boring apart from the exceptional pulpit which is well worth studying...like the one at nearby St Bartolomeo. Worth a few minutes visit, and like all the churches, completely free.
Written July 27, 2013
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G.B.
871 contributions
The facade of this church, like many others in the city, is really special because of its colors and pattern. Moreover, inside, it is possible to admire "The Visitation", a work in vitrified terracotta very fascinating, representing the meeting between Mary and Elizabeth.
Written November 16, 2021
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Borzov
Rijeka, Croatia5,256 contributions
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The Romanesque church was built in the 14th century on the site of the old Lombard church which was located outside the city walls, hence its name “Fuoricivitas” meaning “outside the city”. It is a huge structure with nice facade and very interesting interior. The most notable work is the white ceramic glaze by Luca della Robbia named “Visitation”.
Written October 16, 2018
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VoyagerAimerSourire
Princeton, NJ647 contributions
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Drove off the A11 at Pistoia on our way to Florence, solely to visit the church of San Giovanni Fuoricivitas. This is not a cathedral by any measure, but its simplicity has the effect of making its few architectural or decorative elements stand out clearly. As other reviewers have pointed out, the striped walls already set apart this church from others before you even step in. The interior does not have a baroque cover-every-inch decoration but a much older, simpler, style which draws the eye to the sculptural gem inside: the elevated pulpit carved with very expressive figures and scenes all around. Very moving. There are of course other elements inside the church such as the font and the altar, but the pulpit is unlike most you will ever see; take your time and walk around it to get all the details. If you take the side door on the way out, notice the fresco fragments on the top left of the door and imagine how the rest of the wall would have looked originally. We visited in August 2017 and discovered on site that Pistoia had been named cultural capital of Italy for that year. So there was a long program of cultural events planned but we could only spend a couple of hours in Pistoia before getting back on the road.
Written August 20, 2017
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PierreBMalta
San Gwann, Malta476 contributions
Business
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 medieval pulpits I have ever seen. On one side it is attached to the wall instead of the usual free standing on four columns. Try to see it.
Written October 31, 2016
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panka121
Budapest, Hungary84 contributions
Family
The facade is amazing with its antique stripes.
It holds excellent pieces of art, altars, baptismal fonts and painting.
Written September 30, 2015
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pietro b
Barga, Italy569 contributions
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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 John outcide the city walls, is one of those 115 churches, Strikinggly beautiful is the freeze above the main entrance, depicting the last supper. Try and count the figures: Jesus in the middle, and 12 apostles. Can you find all twelve? Including Judas, kneeling on the low part of the sculpture? and John, leaning hi head on Jesus's shoulder?
Written August 12, 2015
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