Torre di Pisa by Haggard-Photography

Torre di Pisa | Pisa, Italy 2015

© Ronny Behnert
Website – Bewegungsunschaerfe

Tuscany without the leaning tower of Pisa isn´t the real Tuscany. On my Photo-To-Do-List this building was in the Top 10 and now I am happy that I got this shot. So I can remove it from my list.
The Torre di Pisa was an absolutely highlight for me on my last trip. What a beautiful, very filigree building. I´ve never seen a tower like this before. And it´s even more interesting with it´s special character. The tower leans at an angle of 4 degrees.
The tower’s tilt began during construction, caused by an inadequate foundation on ground too soft on one side to properly support the structure’s weight. The tilt increased in the decades before the structure was completed, and gradually increased until the structure was stabilized (and the tilt partially corrected) by efforts in the late 20th and early 21st centuries.
If someone of you is in the area to take photos of this tower without any person in it, you should go there before the sun comes up. The first tourists arrive during sunrise and the special silence at this place is gone.
Thanks a lot to Michael J. Reibert for helping me with his lense. Glad you was there.

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Pisa: Duomo by fredmatos

The Italian city of Pisa, in Tuscany, known worldwide for its leaning tower, is the scene of cultural and architectural treasures of inestimable value, especially gathered in the Piazza dei Miracoli, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site.

Besides the famous tower, are located in Piazza dei Miracoli, the Cathedral (Duomo), the Baptistery, the Campossanto (cemetery), the Hospital, the Cathedral Museum (Museo del Duomo del’Opera) and the institution’s facilities, which They were originally to build and today serve to the maintenance and upkeep of all this together, the Opera del Duomo.

In this picture we see:

The Cathedral (Duomo), built between 1064 and 1110. With plant-shaped cross, has a very long central body, divided into five naves by two double rows of columns with a semicircular head at the end. The transept that intersects the main body is divided by two colonnades into three naves. The Cathedral was built with white marble mountains of S. Giuliano.

The apses and the facade are crowned by columns with capitals, supporting a round arch creating a module that organizes the surfaces of the building. This scheme is repeated on a smaller scale on the outer walls, forming the higher orders of the facade is decorated with motifs in bas-relief polychrome. The bronze portal is the work of Bonanno of Pisa. In the head of the tympanum was placed a griffin in bronze, probably acquired after a victory over the Saracens.

On either side of the nave are placed two rows of columns made of granite from the island of Elba.

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