Pisa, Chiesa di Santa Maria della Spina

This tiny church, part of the Pisa complex on the previous page, is surely one of the finest small buildings in the world. What astonishing attention to detail!

There is one oddity - in buildings of this sort, symmetry is usually odd - that is to say, there are an odd number of symmetrical elements, with one of the elements on the centerline. Here, we have an even number of elements, and the symmetric fold is between them, rather than dividing one of the elements.

A tour de force.

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