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Palazzo della Carovana, 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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  • I suspect this building and square will be an accidental bonus to many as opposed to an attraction. On the walking route to the cathedral and tower, it is worth a few minutes to appreciate its... 
    I suspect this building and square will be an accidental bonus to many as opposed to an attraction. On the walking route to the cathedral and tower, it is worth a few minutes to appreciate its...  more »
  • Located in Knight’s Square is this interesting building which is part of Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa, one of the city’s universities. It dates back to the mid-16th century when it was built as... 
    Located in Knight’s Square is this interesting building which is part of Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa, one of the city’s universities. It dates back to the mid-16th century when it was built as...  more »
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  • A wide space to take a picture. Nice place. it likes take you back to old times. We passed by it when going to a famous gellateria near here coming from the leaning tower of Pisa. Great space with a great view.
  • Nice place and home of the University of Pisa. Not Bad to study. If you take a walk around in Pisa you should absolutly visit this place.

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