Palazzo della Canonica, Pisa

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Palazzo della Carovana is a palace in Knights' Square, Pisa, Italy, presently housing the main building of the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa.It was built in 1562–1564 by Giorgio Vasari for the headquarters of the Knights of St. Stephen, as a renovation of the already existing Palazzo degli Anziani . The name, meaning "Palace of the Convoy", derives from the three-year period undertaken by the initiates of the Order for their training, called "la Carovana".The façade is characterized by a complex scheme with sgraffiti representing allegorical figures and zodiacal signs, designed by Vasari himself and sculpted by Tommaso di Battista del Verrocchio and Alessandro Forzori, coupled to busts and marble crests. The current paintings date however to the 19th-20th centuries.Amongst the sculptures are the Medici Coat of Arms and that of the Knights, flanked by the allegories of Religion and Justice by Stoldo Lorenzi . The upper gallery of busts of the Grand Dukes of Tuscany were added in the late 16th-early 18th centuries, sculpted by Ridolfo Sirigatti, Pietro Tacca and Giovan Battista Foggini.
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  • Another great building in this really enchanting plaza. It’s very old world on every side. Recommended.  more »
  • The palace was built in the 16th century, together with most of the buildings at the Piazza dei Cavalieri, designed by the architect David Fortini at the place of several medieval buildings that were....  more »
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  • THE PALAZZO DELLA CANONICA designed by Jojo Vasari has been under construction since 1566 for almost 40 years, and construction has often been interrupted by the use of economic resources in the construction of the nearby Church of Santo Stefano. The Palazzo della Canonica was intended for the clergy of the Order of the Knights of Santo Stefano, where the abbots of the Church of the Knights and the Chaplains lived there. Currently, the building is occupied by the library and laboratories of the Normal High School.
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  • The building is very impressive. If you find the door open (during office hours) go up to the first floor from where you can admire a unique view on the ancient gardens of the rectory. Even the glimpse of the palazzo della Carovana the front door of the building.
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