Pisa, Duomo

We are accustomed to views of the Leaning Tower of Pisa, but how often does one see this view, which takes in most of the site (yet another fine building at Pisa can be seen on the next page).

The tower is a fanciful work, a curiosity, a building nearly unique. Its lean puts it into a class by itself. The tower literally and figuratively overshadows the cathedral, which is itself a fabulous building.

This kind of integrated site, where all the buildings serve one end, is comparatively rare in old cities - normally, churches are mixed in with other buildings, and, in many case, share common walls with them. We have here truly monumental architecture, and of the highest quality.

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