Lonely Planet review
Soil shipped from Calvary during the Crusades is said to lie within the white walls of this hauntingly beautiful, final resting place for many prominent Pisans, arranged around a garden in a cloistered quadrangle. During WWII, Allied artillery destroyed many of the cloisters' frescos, but a couple were salvaged and are now displayed in the Sala Affreschi (Frescoes Room).
Most notable is the Triumph of Death (133–41), a remarkable illustration of Hell attributed to 14th-century painter Buonamico Buffalmacco. Fortunately, the mirrors apparently once stuck next to the graphic, no-holds-barred images of the damned being roasted alive on spits have since been removed – meaning a marginally less uncomfortable visit for visitors who would have once seen their own faces peering out of the cruel wall painting. Buffalmacco's Last Judgement & Hell (1336–41), in the same room, is equally brutal.