Italy – Tuscany – Pisa – Field of Miracles 02_DSC8836




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Whilst there’s quite a few ‘sights’ in and around the ‘Field of Miracles’ in the Tuscan town of Pisa most tourists visit on day trips from Florence so only have time to visit the famous Duomo, Baptistry and Leaning Tower.

 

Luckily when I visited Pisa back in July 2019 conditions were perfect for ‘postcard’ type views such as this one.

 

More photos from Tuscany here : www.flickr.com/photos/darrellg/albums/72157714689304067

 

From Wikipedia : “Pisa Cathedral (Italian: Cattedrale Metropolitana Primaziale di Santa Maria Assunta; Duomo di Pisa) is a medieval Roman Catholic cathedral dedicated to the Assumption of the Virgin Mary, in the Piazza dei Miracoli in Pisa, Italy. It is a notable example of Romanesque architecture, in particular the style known as Pisan Romanesque. It is the seat of the Archbishop of Pisa.

 

Construction on the cathedral began in 1063 (1064 according to the Pisan calendar of the time) by the architect Buscheto, and expenses were paid using the spoils received fighting against the Muslims in Sicily in 1063. It includes various stylistic elements: classical, Lombard-Emilian, Byzantine, and Islamic, drawing upon the international presence of Pisan merchants at that time. In the same year, St. Mark’s Basilica began its reconstruction in Venice, evidence of a strong rivalry between the two maritime republics to see which could create the most beautiful and luxurious place of worship.

 

The church was erected outside Pisa’s early medieval walls, to show that Pisa had no fear of being attacked. The chosen area had already been used in the Lombard era as a necropolis and at the beginning of the 11th century a church had been erected here, but never finished, that was to be named Santa Maria.[citation needed] Buscheto’s grand new church was initially called Santa Maria Maggiore until it was officially named Santa Maria Assunta.”

 

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