Campo dei Miracoli-Pisa, Italy

Just about everyone has heard of the Leaning Tower of Pisa! Located in the Piazza dei Miracoli, formerly known as the Piazza del Duomo in Pisa, Italy, it is quite the site to behold! I have visited this piazza many times, and the degree to which the Tower is leaning is a little alarming!
The bell tower to the church is actually the leaning tower. Construction on this tower began in 1173 and took place over the course of 177 years with the actual bell being added in 1372. Five years after the initial construction began, the soil started to sink on the south side. It was left this way for a century to allow the soil to stabilize and then construction continued with some adjustments to the floor levels to allow for the lean. You can enter the tower and there are 296 stairs to get to the top.
The Cathedral and the Baptistery are also located in this grassy piazza. The Cathedral is medieval dating back to the original construction of 1064 and is of Pisan Romanesque architecture. It is really lovely and contains gargoyles which I always love.
The Baptistery is the largest in Italy and was built in the 12th century. It is dedicated to St. John the Baptist.


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