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Pisa Cathedral

The Duomo of Pisa is a fabulous example of Romanesque architecture - quite stunning in infact. While the Leaning Tower takes most of the limelight, Pisa Cathedral is also a magnificent piece of architecture. The five-naved basilica, with a three-naved transept, features massive bronze doors, marble facades and examples of religious iconography, including an elaborately-carved pulpit.
Pisa Cathedral also contains the mummified remains of St Ranieri, the city's patron saint, and the tomb of the Holy Roman Emperor Henry VII, carved by Tino da Camaino in 1315.
It was started in 1064 and as such predates the leaning tower by one hundred years. Much of the interior was badly damaged by a fire in 1596, therefore much of what we now see dates from the Renaissance or later.


The Leaning Tower


The history of the leaning tower of Pisa is equally strange. Beginning in 1173 as a bell tower for Pisa's cathedral, it wasn't until five years later that began to tilt downward, just after the third floor was completed. In 1272, construction resumed under Giovanni di Simone. In an effort to compensate for the tilt, the engineers built higher floors with one side taller than the other. This made the tower begin to lean in the other direction. Because of this, the tower is actually curved!
Construction was halted again in 1284, when the Pisans were defeated by the Genoans in the Battle of Meloria.
The seventh floor was completed in 1319. The bell-chamber was not finally added until 1372. It was built by Tommaso di Andrea Pisano, who succeeded in harmonizing the Gothic elements of the bell-chamber with the Romanesque style of the tower. There are seven bells, one for each note of the musical scale. The largest one was installed in 1655.
After a phase (1990-2001) of structural strengthening, the tower is currently undergoing gradual surface restoration, in order to repair visual damage, mostly corrosion and blackening. These are particularly strong due to the tower's age and to its particular conditions with respect to wind and rain.


Took that photo from a fair distance, wanted to combine both work of Art in the same time with an ancient mood effect! (took at least 20 snaps for the same view but from different angles cuz I was trying to avoid people passing by and wanted to find the right angle...) and you are the judge!!

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