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San Niccolò Monastery, cloister
San Niccolò Monastery, cloister

Monastery of San Niccolò

The complex, admirably preserved, has the cultural and artistic stratifications from the Fourteenth century until the end of the Eighteenth century when, by the will of the grand duke Pietro Leopoldo, it was transformed in a conservatory for the education of the girls. The wall of the church along piazza San Niccolò, has an Alberese surface and a series of trilobate terracotta arches.
The portal is Gothic style in Alberese and Serpentine and resembles the portal of the nearby church of San Domenico. Behind the church there is a bell-tower, made of bricks, built in 1760. The interior shows an eighteenth century look like the adjoining choir of the nuns. The convent rooms are still visible, such as the refectories, the chapter house, the Renaissance cloister, plots and gardens that made this complex a kind of citadel inside the city.
The vegetable plot of Gosto, has been hosting since the end of the Seventeenth century the Scala Sancta, one of the few examples in Italy.