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Basilica di San Pietro a Grado

Listed under Churches & Abbeys in Leghorn, Italy.

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This church is supposed to have been built just by the spot where St. Peter landed in Italy in 44AD. This bit of Pisa was obviously once closer to the port, but between the architectural layers of today, constructed in the 10th Century, and the archaeological layers that reveal the port are both Roman and Christian style religious structures which suggest that there's been a church on this site for a very long time.

Back in the present day, the 'modern' church is made of a variety of different stone, decorated with arches and strips of carved stonework which a slightly Islamic flavour to the design.

Inside the church has the quiet dignity of all the most beautiful Italian churches - all antique columns and classical decorations. The largest fresco dates from the 12th Century.

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