The Cathedral and its Campanile

The Cathedral and its Campanile

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Update III: The alternate image is a close-up of the cathedral.

Update II: Fixed, whew. Now if only I had time to throw some new photos up...

Update:: Seems I have totally broken the Browse page while messing around with the internals. LAME. Will try to fix asap.

Brilliantly painted buildings, pretty horses and charming carriages aside, I guess this is the reason that everyone knows about Pisa. A seriously flawed bell tower.

Then again, look at it. How amazing is that - and I don't just mean the tower, the Duomo is incredible as well.

The strange thing is that not only is the tower leaning but it kind of curves as well.. The tower was built over nearly two hundred years despite the fact that it started to lean almost from the beginning. So, knowing that it leaned and unwilling to start again from scratch, they made one side higher than the other to compensate. They did this as they built the fourth through eighth stories. It didn't really help but it's a testament to something. What that is, I don't know, but it's something.

The true architect is something of a mystery. I wouldn't have taken credit for it at the time either. Then again, it was started in 1173, has been leaning for more than eight hundred years and no effective effort to stabilize it was tried until 1990. Not bad, really.

They speculate that Galileo Galilei dropped two different weights from the tower in his famous mass and gravity experiment. Perhaps cannon balls to take the speculation even further. Unfortunately, he never recorded the experiment so it most likely was only discussed. One thing that we do know for sure is that he was born in Pisa.

It does strange things to my head to know that I have walked the same streets as Galileo Galilei. Not only that but I've done it in at least four different cities.

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Taken: 2009-05-23 12:01:01
Posted: 2009-07-30 | 23:57





The Cathedral and its Campanile

The Cathedral and its Campanile

Update III: The alternate image is a close-up of the cathedral.

Update II: Fixed, whew. Now if only I had time to throw some new photos up...

Update:: Seems I have totally broken the Browse page while messing around with the internals. LAME. Will try to fix asap.

Brilliantly painted buildings, pretty horses and charming carriages aside, I guess this is the reason that everyone knows about Pisa. A seriously flawed bell tower.

Then again, look at it. How amazing is that - and I don't just mean the tower, the Duomo is incredible as well.

The strange thing is that not only is the tower leaning but it kind of curves as well.. The tower was built over nearly two hundred years despite the fact that it started to lean almost from the beginning. So, knowing that it leaned and unwilling to start again from scratch, they made one side higher than the other to compensate. They did this as they built the fourth through eighth stories. It didn't really help but it's a testament to something. What that is, I don't know, but it's something.

The true architect is something of a mystery. I wouldn't have taken credit for it at the time either. Then again, it was started in 1173, has been leaning for more than eight hundred years and no effective effort to stabilize it was tried until 1990. Not bad, really.

They speculate that Galileo Galilei dropped two different weights from the tower in his famous mass and gravity experiment. Perhaps cannon balls to take the speculation even further. Unfortunately, he never recorded the experiment so it most likely was only discussed. One thing that we do know for sure is that he was born in Pisa.

It does strange things to my head to know that I have walked the same streets as Galileo Galilei. Not only that but I've done it in at least four different cities.

Show this photo on a map ✈

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ISO: 220


Taken: 2009-05-23 12:01:01
Posted: 2009-07-30 | 23:57


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