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Piazza Dei Miracoli aka Field of Miracles
A view at the Piazza Dei Miracoli from the
The Piazza Dei Miracoli (which means 'field of miracles' or 'field of dreams'), aka Piazza del Duomo, is home to the leaning Tower of Pisa, the Camposanto, the Duomo and the Baptistery. The square and its surrounding areas, were the sites of pre-Roman settlements. The square is a walled area that lies in the center of Pisa.
It was a poet called Gabriele d'Annunzio who came up with the name "Piazza dei Miracoli" in his novel "Forse che si forse che no" from 1910. People often confuse the square's name with "Campo Dei Miracoli", which is a magical field in the book Pinocchio.
In 1987, the Piazza Dei Miracoli was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site . Home to some of the biggest medieval art centers in the world, Piazza Dei Miracoli (and the Piazza) is a world renown cultural center.
Renowned worldwide for its deep cultural heritage and stunning architecture, the Piazza Dei Miracoli (and the famous buildings which reside on top of it) is a stunning sight. All around you are stunning pieces of global history- true testaments to the genius and capabilities of man, even if they are a little bit misaligned (pardon the pun). Craftsman from all over Italy have spent years try to emulate the magnificent sculptures and carvings that are proudly on display here.
In the Middle of the Piazza del Duomo is of course the Duomo. The Duomo is a medieval cathedral, designed by an architect called Buscheto.
Its construction started in 1063 and it was finished in the 13th century. Just like the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Duomo is slightly tilted, but this is not visible.
The Leaning Tower of Pisa
The most famous building on the Piazza Dei Miracoli is without any doubt the Leaning Tower of Pisa. This freestanding bell tower stands behind the Duomo and is the third oldest building on the Piazza Dei Miracoli.
The Tower of Pisa began leaning soon after the start of its construction, which started on August 9, 1173. It took 199 years to complete, in 1372 the bell-chamber was added.
The Baptistery is a Romanesque building that was designed by architect Diotisalvi. Construction started in 1153 and was finished in the 14th century.
The Baptistery, the largest one of Italy, is dedicated to St. John the Baptist; there is a statue of him on the dop of the dome.
The Camposanto, which was unfortunately damaged during strafing fire in World War Two, shines across the Piazza, generously embracing the picturesque scene and lending some of its warmth. Though technically a cemetery, the Camposanto is still quite beautiful, and the architecture is nothing short of breath taking.
Along the lines of beautifully appointed buildings and centuries of history, you will find modern museums, tourist destinations, and souvenir shops. Don't forget to let your attention wander to other sites, as even though the Duomo and the leaning tower of Pisa are the most popular, there's still a lot to see and do on the field of miracles.
What it Means to be a Tourist
Sometimes it can be easy to forget that you are visiting another place in the world. The air is fresh, the sun is warm and forgiving, and the grass is just as green. However, you are visiting some of the most historical and significant places in the world. While you are visiting the Piazza Dei Miracoli, don't forget to take a few moments to step away from the hustle and bustle of the crowds and revel in your situation. Not many people will be as fortunate as you to see structures such as the ones which reside before you, so make it an experience that you won't soon forget!
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