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|Panel in the front facade of the Cathedral (Duomo) at Campo di Miracoli, Pisa|
Most people know Pisa's famous Leaning Tower. Fewer know that it's
just one component in a lovely
ensemble of medieval buildings; fewer still know that the rest of
the city -- sadly --
is a largely modern place, the result of heavy bombing during Second World War.
Campo del Miracoli is a large grassy piazza that contains the Leaning Tower (Torre Pendente), the Cathedral (Duomo), the above Baptistry (Battistero), and the cemetary (Camposanto).
The Tower's drama detracts from the Duomo - among Italy's finest Romanesque buildings - which in any other place would be a must-see masterpiece. The work here began about a century earlier than the tower, in 1064, well before the start of the present-day cathedrals in rival cities such as Florence (1296) and Siena (1179).
In this photo we see one of the panels in the front facade of this cathedral.
Last Revised October 5, 2007