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Knights’ Square, Pisa

#3 of 51 in Historic Sites in Pisa
Historic Walking Area · Hidden Gem · Landmark
Appreciate the architecture of the palaces, churches, and statues in vast, open Knights’ Square. Behind the statue and fountain of Cosimo I stands the Palazzo della Carovana dei Cavalieri, which now houses the Scuola Normale Superiore, the elite university founded by Napoleon Bonaparte. To visit Knights’ Square on your holiday in Pisa, and find out what else Pisa has to offer, use our Pisa.
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  • Beautiful and picturesque, surrounded by San Stefano church, Palazzo della Carovana (today Scuola Normale Superiore) and Palazzo dell’Orologio, Palazzo dei Cavalieri is splendid.  more »
  • A totally different atmosphere when compared to the Duomo and its surroundings.I liked it just as I liked the rest of the city.  more »
  • No doubt one of the best square I had ever seen. I got there at night time and it was a pleasant surprise. Pisa is not just the leaning tower ,beautiful architecture all around.
  • Piazza dei Cavalieri in Pisa used to be piazza delle Sette Vie, the political centre of Pisa and likely the site of the Roman Forum: it was later transformed into the centre of the Order of the Knights of Santo Stefano by Cosimo I de’ Medici, created to defend the Tuscan and Mediterranean coast from Turkish fleets and pirates. In the centre of the piazza there is a statue of the Grand Duke of Tuscany, sculpted by Francavilla in 1596. Behind him is Palazzo della Carovana, the former Palazzo Degli Anziano del Popolo which was transformed by Giorgio Vasari into its current appearance and whose façade was completely covered over time by graffiti, drawings and busts of the Medici as they succeeded one another as the Grand Dukes of Tuscany. Currently it is the home of the Scuola Normale Superiore, commissioned by Napoleon Bonaparte to be based on the model of the Ecole in Paris. The greatest Italian professors studied here, like Antonio Pacinotti, Carducci, Pascoli, Fermi and Rubbia.
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