Chiesa di San Michele Degli Scalzi, Pisa

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San Michele degli Scalzi is a church located in Piazza San Michele degli Scalzi, east of Pisa, Italy. It had also been known as the church of San Michele degli Scalzi in Orticaia, referring to the nature of the site at the time of its founding. The term Scalzi refers to the barefoot monks linked to the church.An oratory chapel was known at the site by 1025. A church came to be at the site and was assigned to an adjacent convent of Benedictines, that was established in 1178 by monks from the abbey of Santa Maria di Pulsano sul Gargano. The first restoration of the site was completed by 1204. In the 15th century the church changed several orders, and by 1463 in came under Canons regular of the lateran. Major modifications included the elaborate ceiling with lacunae (1596).The church was transferred to the Olivetan Order in 1774. Further internal decorations were added. In the 19th-century reconstructions aimed to restore the original Romanesque aspects. Bombardments during the second world war, and floods damaged the structure, requiring major rebuilding.The basilica structure of three naves is still preserved ending with a semicircular apse. The incomplete façade has marble only in the base lower layers. There are three portals, the central lunette has a copy of their original Byzantine decoration from 1203-1204 depicting a Christ providing Benediction (the original is in Museo di San Matteo). The frieze is decorated with a relief of the angelic hierarchy in Byzantine style. The interior hosts a 13th-century crucifix, painted in tempera and gilded; this artwork was originally in the church of Santi Cosma e Damiano also in Pisa. The left site of the nave has a fresco of St Onofrius, Helen and a bishop. The altar dates from the 18th century. The Organ was constructed by Anselmi-Tamburini and was brought here from the anterior parish church of San Michele in 1985.
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  • Though much less famous, the bell tower of this lovely church leans at an even more impressive angle than it’s more famous cousin across the city. The church wasn’t open sadly, but we were able to...  more »
  • My wife & I (with the help of directions given by hotel) walked through a pleasant leafy residential part of south east Pisa, next to the River Arno, before reaching this gem of an architectural...  more »
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  • Off the beaten track a must see in Pisa. it's leaning tower leans at a steaper angle that the famous leaning tower......
  • A glorious church with the grandeur not like Italian Basilicas but simplistic and commanding all the same. No crowds, very quiet to walk through.
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