Pistoia (Pis-to'ya; anc. Pistoria), a walled town of Italy, stands 21 miles by rail NW. of Florence, on a spur of the Apennines. The cathedral (12th and 13th centuries) contains a magnificent altar of silver (1286-1407); the church of St Bartholomew, a fine white marble pulpit by Guido of Como (1250); St Andrea's, Giovanni Pisano's pulpit (1301); and St John's, a font by Giovanni Pisano. The principal manufactures are iron and steel wares, and firearms - the word 'pistol' in all probability takes its name through pistolese, 'a dagger,' from Pistoia (Pistola). Pop. 30,190. Here Catiline was defeated in 62 b.c.
Pitch Lake. See Trinidad.
Pitcur, Perthshire, 3 miles SB. of Coupar-Angus, has a large weem and a ruined castle.
Pittsfield, capital of Berkshire county, Massachusetts, 151 miles by rail W. of Boston. Beautifully situated on a plateau where six lakes round the city give rise to the Housatonic River, it has a marble court-house, a handsome athenaeum, and a fine park. Cotton and woollen goods, silk, boots and shoes, and tacks are manufactured. Pop. 22,500.
Pittston, a mining-town of Pennsylvania, on the Susquehanna River, 9 miles by rail NE. of Wilkesbarre. Besides a railway bridge, there are two other bridges connecting it with West Pitts-ton. It has foundries, knitting-mills, and a silk-factory. Pop. 13,500.
Piuro (P'yoo'ro), near the Val d'Aosta, once a rich city full of palaces, was crushed with all its wealth and thousands of people by the fall in 1618 of an overhanging mountain. It now is a chaos of wooded knolls and moss-grown rocks.
Pladda, an islet with a lighthouse off the SE. extremity of Arran. Pop. 6.
Plasencia, a decayed town of Spain, in Estre-madura, 130 miles W. by S. of Madrid, is surrounded with double walls (1197), and has a fine Gothic cathedral (1498). Pop. 8000. The monastery of San Yuste, to which Charles V. retired, lies 24 miles E.
Plassey (Bengali Palasi), a battlefield, 96 miles N. of Calcutta, on the Bhagirathi River, which has eaten away the scene of the struggle. Here Clive defeated Suraj ud Dowlah, subahdar of Bengal, 23d June 1757, a victory which laid the foundation of British supremacy in India.