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Church of Sant'Andrea

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The church features a magnificent pulpit, with white marble reliefs and porphyry columns, and two painted wooden crucifixes, which are attributed to the work of Giovanni Pisano.

While its foundation dates back to the 8th century, the Church of Sant’Andrea owes its current appearance to the work carried out between the 12th and 13th-centuries.

The façade is likely the work of Gruamonte and Adeodato, as is the architrave dating back to 1166, which boasts a depiction of the biblical Three Kings, the first pilgrims in Christian history.

Inside, the church features a magnificent pulpit and two painted wooden crucifixes, which are attributed to the work of Giovanni Pisano (1298-1301).

From Porta Sant’Andrea, after having visited the monuments to Saint James in the Pistoia area, pilgrims would head north towards the Appennine crossings, travelling along the main thoroughfare of the Middle Ages, or rather Via Francesca della Sambuca. Even to the South, Pistoia was connected to the most important European roadway of the Middle Ages, the Via Francigena, which crossed over the Arno in Fucecchio on the way to Rome, and was part of the way of Saint James pilgrimage routes.

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