Campo dei Miracoli, Pisa

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    Cloudy skies add more drama
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    Campo dei Miracoli (Field of Miracles)

    by Martin_S. Updated Jul 20, 2011

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    Duomo, Campo dei Miracoli, Pisa, Italy
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    Favorite thing: The most obvious of miracles here is that the leaning tower of Pisa is still leaning and has not yet fallen over of course.
    The Campo dei Miracoli comprises a set of buildings, the most impressive of which is the Leaning Tower, but also the Duomo (cathedral) and Babtistry are worth a viewing.
    Here you can see the photos show the Duomo from several sides and also the entrance doorway which looks to be clad in bronze or copper that has acquired a patina of off green color (oxidization) over the years. Each panel or plate of the door has various religious scenes and the surrounding area is decorated in a floral pattern.
    Also an interesting architectural detail is shown here, where I took a photo of one of the columns outside the Duomo, it seems that they are made piecemeal and just in that small section of colum that I captured you can see at least 6-7 pieces, large and small that make up the construction.

    Fondest memory: Also for some extra historical information you can visit the website:
    http://www.knowital.com/Towns/Pisa/html/pisa_-_the_campo_dei_miracoli.html

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    Soaking it all in

    by Tijavi Updated Aug 15, 2009

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    Favorite thing: Pisa did not only once rival Venice (and Genoa) as a great maritime power. Its Piazza dei Miracoli is also a serious threat to Venice's Piazza San Marco to vie for the title as Italy's most memorable square. The comparisons and the competition are well-founded. The sight of three cream-colored magnificent romanesque architectrual gems rising above the lush green lawn is indeed a signt to behold. The effect is more haunting against a backdrop of gathering rain clouds on the horizon - even with the hordes of tourists all wanting a piece, or more a snap, of the Leaning Tower in funny positions, ranging from shaolin-temple-like karate kids to some obviously obscene movements of the mouth (you get the idea).

    I've always loved to observe people, particularly tourists like myself, during my travels, and Piazza dei Miracoli proved to be a fertile ground for this activity.

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    The Impressive Leaning Tower

    by keeweechic Updated Aug 14, 2006

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    Favorite thing: The unique belltower of the Duomo. Its construction began in 1173 but had to be interrupted because the ground was giving way, which then lead to its exceptional tilt. In the 14th century, Giovanni de Simone finished the work with the addition of the Bell Room. In the past it was widely thought that the inclination of the Tower was part of the project ever since its beginning, but now we know that it is not so.

    Of course originally, the Tower was designed to be 'vertical' and very impressive. It stands around 56 metres high and is leaning in relation to the vertical by 4 metres. This was one of those moments when you stand beneath this amazing leaning structure trying to comprehend the fact that you are actually there and not seeing it in some book.

    'Campo dei miracoli, Pisa

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    Piazza dei Miracoli

    by croisbeauty Updated Sep 12, 2005

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    Piazza dei Miracoli

    Favorite thing: Piazza (or Campo) dei Miracoli is the trade-mark of Pisa and probably the only reason why most of the tourists are visiting this town. The whole complex looks like delicate lace of small arches, columns, pinnacles, spires and statues, creating an fantastic play of lights and shadows around the dome rising towards the sky. It is a monumental structure which, realized during three centuries, constitues unique complex in the history of the Italiam art, but not only.
    Piazza dei Miracoli is a result of an original sensibility, which is called Romanesque-Pisan style.

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    A square of wonders

    by Helga67 Updated Oct 10, 2004

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    Piazza dei Miracoli

    Favorite thing: Piazza dei Miracoli means "square of wonders" and that is indeed what it is. The square is a wonderful place surrounded by the citywall on one side and the hospital and houses on the other side. In the middle of the square you can admire the wonders of this city: the baptistry, cathedral, leaning tower and cemetery.
    One problem, though, the square is always full of tourists. It's best to come early in the morning. Most monuments open at 9 am.

    This pic was taken from the upper level of the baptistry where you'll have a very good look over the entire square.

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    It is worth the trip

    by sue_stone Written Jul 4, 2004

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    Favorite thing: Pisa is something special..........ok, it is not Venice or Florence, but it is sure worth a visit, even if you only have a few hours.

    A lot of people have told me they were told not to bother going there as there is nothing special to see........but what about that gorgeous tower!!!!

    At least stop by, climb the tower and reward yourself with an excellent gelato afterwards.

    Fondest memory: Pisa is a bit like a mini Florence - beautiful buildings, the river, the gelato.

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    A lot of sights to see in Pisa

    by globetrott Updated Jun 10, 2004

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    Favorite thing: There is a lot to see in Pisa and some great sights are overseen easily .
    Therefore I adapted this map for your orientation :

    The very first place , that you should head to is the Ticket-office, with a red dot on my map in order to buy the tickets for ALL sights on Piazza dei Miracoli !!!

    1 Batistero
    2 Duomo
    3 Campanile / The leaning tower
    4 Museo dell Opera del Duomo
    5 Camposanto
    6 the medieval townwall of Pisa
    7 Museo delle Sinopie

    8 Palazzo dei Cavalieri

    Fondest memory: What a pity, I missed Palazzo dei Cavalieri , whenever I was in Pisa ( 3 times so far )
    ;-((

    It is just about 300 meters from the Museo dell Opera del Duomo

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    Campo dei Miracoli

    by KiNyA Written Dec 28, 2003

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    Enterance

    Favorite thing: I liked the enterance to the Campo dei Miracoli. These doors separate Campo dei Miracoli from the rest of Pisa. Behind the wall there are several stalls where Africans sell their products and souvernirs.

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    The Duomo --> Chathedral Pulpit

    by KiNyA Written Dec 13, 2003

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    Jerca & Spela

    Favorite thing: Uhm, I'm affraid it can't be seen in the picture. But it's behind us! Bad light => No Cathedral pulpit in the picture :-)

    Anyways, the carved supports for Giovanni Pisano's pulpit symbolize the Arts and Virtues.

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    Duomo --> The doors

    by KiNyA Written Dec 13, 2003

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    The Doors

    Favorite thing: These are one of the main doors that lead out of this very interesting church.
    I've seen something alike alredy in Florence. The panels on the doors mean something. Each of them carries its own story.

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    Duomo

    by KiNyA Updated Dec 13, 2003

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    The Dome

    Favorite thing: Duomo with the Leaning Tower is just one ef the parts of Campo dei Miracoli. Besides Duomo there are also the Baptistry and the Cemetery.

    Inside you can see marvelous frescoes and one of my favourite, cathedral pulpit.

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    Duomo

    by tompt Updated Aug 18, 2003

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    inside the duomo, Pisa, Italy

    Favorite thing: The Duomo in Pisa is certainly worth visiting. The building of the cathedral began in 1063. It is built in the form of a latin cross. In the early 12th century the church was elongated. The Cathedral was consecrated on September 26th, 1118, by Pope Gelasius II.
    The cathedral is 100 metres long; 72 metres wide and 51.36 metres high.
    More info: http://www.opapisa.it/duomo_eng/piazza/duomo/

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    Campo dei Miracoli

    by tompt Updated Aug 18, 2003

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    Campo dei Miracoli, Pisa

    Favorite thing: All major attractions in Pisa can be found at the Campo dei Miracoli: the baptistery, the church, the tower, the monumental graveyard, and two museums.

    More at the website:
    http://www.opapisa.it/duomo_eng/piazza/

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    Saved the Tower

    by Goner Written Jul 28, 2003

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    Unleaning Tower

    Favorite thing: The Tower of Pisa is actually the bell tower (campanile) of the cathedral. Its construction began in the August of 1173 and continued (with two long interruptions) for about two hundred years. Both because of its leaning, and its beauty, the Tower has been the object of very special attention.

    The Tower started to lean during its construction, efforts were made to halt the inclination through the use of special construction devices; later columns and other damaged parts were substituted in more than one occasion; today, interventions are being carried out within the sub-soil in order to significantly reduce the leaning and to make sure the Tower will have a long life.

    Scientists from all over the world have had a hand in stopping the 'lean".

    The Tower wasn't open for visitors when we were there, but in December 2001 it reopened. The price of a ticket is $14 US and is open from 9am to 5pm. (winter through February). There are guided visits with a maximum of 30 people. There is access to the bell tower but not the separate floors. You are not allowed to carry purses or containers of any kind into the Tower, they must be left in a coatroom beside the entrance.

    or check their website: For information call: 39050560547 primazial@sirius.pisa.it

    Also, I just read in a magazine that you can go online at www.selectitaly.com to book tickets for entrance into the Tower.

    Fondest memory: Since I work for a construction company I couldn't resist "straightening" the leaning tower in my picture

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    Make Pisa a Day trip

    by guell Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Interior of the Pisa Cathedral

    Fondest memory: With our jam-packed itinerary (see my Italy page) we decided to keep our visit to Pisa very short. Pisa is perfectly located between Siena and the Cinque Terre, so upon our arrival to Pisa we immediately caught a taxi straight from the train station to the Cathedral Complex and spent about three hours there. Then we took a taxi back to the train station and left to Monterosso al Mare. It worked out perfectly!

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