Construction evolution of medieval tuscan monasteries: The case of badia San Savino in Cascina (Pisa)



 
 Construction evolution of medieval tuscan monasteries: The case of Badia San Savino in Cascina (Pisa)

D’ Angelo, Andrea and  Sassu, Mauro

Proceedings of the First International Congress on Construction History, Madrid, 20th-24th January (2003)    

Abstract

The Abbey <<Badia di San Savino>> is a medieval monument complex dominating the Pisan plain near the Arno river. This monastery’s buildings surround the southern and western slopes of a presumably man-made embankment, atop which stands a Romanic church, flanked by its imposing bell tower. The northern side has been eroded by landslides, while the eastern is sustained by a retaining wall with stone barbicans. The aim of the study presented herein is to interpret the data on the geometric configuration and construction materials of this religious centre. Such data has been compiled via architectonic survey and on-site inspection of the current state of the buildings, supplemented by a wide-ranging inquiry into historical archive documents, including iconographic and bibliographic sources.

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