Photographer's Note

David's (davecall) great recent postings of Pisa motivated me to get my last few photos Pisa that I want to post ready.

Here is a view of the Campo dei Miracoli. The tower in the distance, the Duomo and the Baptistery move across the scene. Off on the far left is the wall of the cemetery, the fourth, usually overlooked, element in the Campo dei Miracoli.

The
Duomo was started in 1064 by the architect Buscheto. It has a strange oval shaped dome, 2 bays deep and 1 bay wide. The cathedral is one of the finest Romanesque buildings in existence.

The Baptistery, the largest building of its kind in Christendom, is covered in
fine sculpture. Its dome is 75 meters tall. The shape resonates crisp and clear echoes throughout as guards demonstrate. Apparently the architects designed it as a perfect acoustic instrument.

The cemetery was started in 1278, designed by Giovanni di Simone. It has long marble arcades and supposedly soil from the Holy Land. It was decorated with beautiful frescoes that were lost in World War II bombing.

Finally the
tower, which is what draws everyone to Pisa, was started in 1173. It started settling unevenly early in its construction but it was continued and completed in 1350. Galileo conducted his experiments from the top, aided by the lean giving a clear drop. Today it leans more than 5 meters from vertical.

As a whole it is one of the finest cathedral complexes ever built with a lot of attention to detail in the layout of the buildings and the structures themselves.

Here is a
tighter view from this point.

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