Figured Capitals

Capitelli figurati - Ph. Alessi

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The cloister of Sant’Andrea, after being dismantled in 1905, was relocated (in 1922) in the area adjacent to the Christopher Columbus' House, where it is possible to admire it today, albeit in a radically different context from the original. Its figured capitals are very suggestive and date to the mid-twelfth century, they were reused during the restructuring of 1294, together with others of a purely Gothic style.

Entering the cloister, you can see the angels on the corner capitals which, with their right hands raised, bless the entry. Those with the patience to search will find a capital, on one of the smaller columns on the right hand side, which bears a clear reference to the Genoese economic life of the Middle Ages: a caravan of mules with their packs.