Complesso dell’Ospedale Santa Chiara

Veduta Ospedale di Santa Chiara da Duomo
Veduta Ospedale di Santa Chiara da Duomo (A. Matteucci)

In 1257 Pope Alexander IV revoked the interdiction cast on Pisa and the Pisans by Gregory IX, on condition they built a new hospital. This was the beginnings of the Fabbrica dell’Ospedale Nuovo called “della Misericordia” or “Alexander I’s” later “di Santo Spirito” and finally, “di S. Chiara”.


Giovanni di Simone was the architect of the project. He designed a quadrangular construction, each side 150 metres long with a tower at each corner. Traces of the oldest parts can still be seen in the two buildings on via Roma and in the remains of towers on the corner between via Roma and the Cathedral place. The northern front was only completed in 1337, when the peregrinario degli infermi (today Museum of Preparatory Drawings) was finished. Many activities went on within the walls: documents tell of a granary, a bakery, a cellar, tailors’ and metalworkers workshops and at least one garden where medicinal herbs were grown for the preparations sold in the pharmacy.


The present perimeter incorporates a stretch of the 12th century city walls and one of the gates, porta Buoza is still visible. In 1262, thanks to a donation, the chapel of S. Spirito was joined by the S. Chiara chapel with an adjacent graveyard. (1277). From 1545 to 1771 the Spedalinghi managed the hospital; 19 of their coats of arms decorate the arcade of the Spedalinghi courtyard, entered from via Roma.


Over time many new buildings of considerable architectural interest have been erected to accommodate new hospital facilities and University clinics, in particular, during the 19th and 20th centuries.

Last update: 26/05/2020
RELAIS I MIRACOLI
80m
Via Santa Maria, 187
Recapito 050 560572
FRANCESCO
130m
Via Santa Maria, 129
Recapito 050 551280
GRAND HOTEL DUOMO
130m
Via Santa Maria, 94
Recapito 050 825088
CASA DORA
140m
Santa Maria, 121
Recapito 320 7525054
DUOMO RISTORANTE - PIZZERIA
10m
Via Roma, 70
Recapito 050 552275,050 562352
VALENZA GIOVANNA
60m
Via Galli Tassi Angelo, 6
Recapito 050 560660
SUBWAY
70m
Piazza Arcivescovado, 3, 56126 Pisa PI
Recapito 0508312134
ANTICA TRATTORIA ANTONIETTA
70m
Via Santa Maria, 179
Recapito 050 561810
XVII° GIORNATA DEL TREKKING URBANO
70m
Pisa
31-10-2020
01-11-2020
TOCCARE IL TEMPO
70m
Centro Città
29-06-2016
La Visita Guidata del Venerdì
80m
Piazza del Duomo, Via Santa Maria e Piazza sei Cavalieri
26-08-2016