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Piazza dei Miracoli: The Baptistry

Following on from my previous post which introduced the Piazza dei Miracoli in Pisa, below are a couple of shots of the Baptistry. Construction of this part Romanesque and part Gothic building began in 1152, but it wasn’t finally completed till the 14th century after various additions and remodelling. I don’t know about you but it reminds me of a Papal Tiara to look at:  

The Baptistry, Piazza dei Miracoli, Pisa, Tuscany, Italy

The Baptistry, Piazza dei Miracoli, Pisa, Tuscany, Italy

© Mark Simms Photography (2015)

Piazza dei Miracoli

Although Pisa (apologies if you’re still “guessing” the location from my last post but one…;0)…) is most famous for its “Leaning Tower”, that somewhat ignores the other, and arguably more impressive, medieval monuments that clamour for attention in the Piazza dei Miracoli where the tower stands. Also known as the Campo dei Miracoli (Field of Miracles) or Piazza del Duomo (Cathedral Square) this gigantic open space in the northwest of Pisa is home to four quite magnificent architectural treasures in the Romanesque style. 

The shot below just about shows all four monuments in question – most prominent is the Baptistry, behind that is the Duomo (Cathedral) and behind that the Campanile (or leaning bell tower) itself. The short section of wall that you can just see in the lower left corner (and runs behind the Baptistry and Duomo) is the Camposanto (or Holy Field): a monumental walled cemetery where many prominent Pisans have been laid to rest.

A fact I didn’t appreciate until I visited, is that the Campanile is not the only monument in Pisa that leans, because apparently both the Baptistry and the Duomo do as well. I hope that partly explains the slightly exaggerated distorted angle of the Baptistry in the shot below, although I suspect that some of that is due to the wide-angle lens I was using as well:

Piazza dei Miracoli, Pisa, Tuscany, Italy

© Mark Simms Photography (2015)

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