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Santo Stefano dei Cavalieri, Pisa

Santo Stefano dei Cavalieri, Pisa

Visiting Pisa is a rich and rewarding experience, as it is steeped in history and full of beautiful buildings. One not to be missed is the Santo Stefano dei Cavalieri on Knight’s Square. The church was built in 1569 on the site of the former 11th century church of San Sebastiano alle Fabbriche Maggiori. Commissioned by Cosimo di Medici, it was built by Vasari and Fortini for the Order of the Knights of Saint Stephen. The white marble façade was designed by Don Giovanni di Medici and Pieroni. Vasari designed the bell tower which was built later by Fancelli. The building was added to and altered over the centuries; the final changes were made in 1859 when the Oder was abolished.

The interior of the church features many banners won by the Order in their endless wars against Saracen pirates in the Mediterranean Sea. The main altar was built by Silvani, behind which a marvelous statue representing San Stefano as Pope with representations of Faith and Religion, sculpted in 1709 by Foggini. The wooden ceiling was placed in 1604 and has six painted panels depicting historic events of the Order. These panels were painted by Allori, il Cigoli, Ligozzi, and l’Empoli. The pulpit was built by Fancelli in 1627 and is decorated with paintings by Lomi. There are five monochrome paintings executed in 1588 showing stories of San Stefano, Pope and Martyr. The font was designed by Vasari and built by Fancelli in 1568. The Chapel of the Holy Sacrament was added in 1837 by Galli.

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Santo Stefano dei Cavalieri on Map

Sight Name: Santo Stefano dei Cavalieri
Sight Location: Pisa, Italy
Sight Type: Religious
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Walking Tours in Pisa, Italy

Create Your Own Walk in Pisa

Create Your Own Walk in Pisa

Creating your own self-guided walk in Pisa is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Palaces Tour

Palaces Tour

Italy has a glorious heritage of wonderful palaces that transport us back in time. Take our Palace Walking Tour to see the most amazing palaces and casas in Pisa and learn their fascinating story.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.3 Km or 1.4 Miles
Pisa Introduction Walk

Pisa Introduction Walk

Italy as a nation has been home to much great art and many great artists for centuries now. And Pisa is one of its beautiful cities, having been home to many of these inspiring creators. This orientation walk will lead you to the most interesting architectural edifices in the city.

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.1 Km or 2.5 Miles
Museums Tour

Museums Tour

Pisa is a city of great heritage, with a number of fascinating museums that tell the story of the life and history of the city and its people. Through their paintings, clothes, sculptures and other artifacts these museums offer a great window into Pisa's past. Take this walking Tour to see the best museums in the city.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.1 Km or 1.9 Miles
Pisa's Historical Churches Tour

Pisa's Historical Churches Tour

The city of Pisa is one of the richest in Italy when it comes to church heritage. This historic city is home to many great churches and cathedrals that have the most wonderful paintings, sculptures and architecture. Take our Churches Walking Tour to see the most beautiful houses of worship in Pisa.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.0 Km or 0.6 Miles