Friday, May 16, 2008

Italy - Florence & Pisa Tower

An Overview of the City of Florence up on the hills.
Florence is also known as "Cradle of the Renaissance" or "Athens of Italy"
We arrived in the morning hours still feeling rather sleepy.

A place with very good view of the city.

Piazzale Michelangelo
Here in the centre of the square is Michelangelo's David
One of the world's most reproduced statue.

Giotto's Belltower and Cathedral
This belltower started it's construction in 1334 by Giotto but was completed only after his death by Andrea Pisano and Francesco Talenti.
This tower is 85 metres tall.
The Cathedral construction started in 1289 and since many alterations have been added.

At the bell tower!
The streets around it is also quite busy, full of people walking around...

Piazza Della Signoria
This is a lively square and have many statues on display.
A very artistic place.

At the south side of the square that has three great arches of Loggia Della Signoria.
Built in 1380s by Benci Di Cione and Simone Talenti for public ceremonies and later became an open air sculpture museum.

Streets in Florence, Italy

The Leaning Tower of PISA
Construction begun in 1174 by Bonanno Pisano and completed only in 99 years later by Giovanni di Simone.
This monument is 55.863 meter high.
Has 8 floors and a slope of 4.500mt.

Pizza del Duomo
The "Square of Miracles" consist os the Cathedral, the Tower, the Baptistry and the Monument Cemetery. Built by different people over a time span of more than 300 years from the 11th to 14th century.

The Cathedral at Pisa Tower was built from 1063 by Buscheto.
Consecrated in 1118 by Pope Jealaus II and only finished in the late 18th century by Rainaldo.

Picture from a Postcard


Ice said...

Wow, nice place! I would love to go there someday.

astrogalaxy said...

Hi Ice,
Glad you find it nice!
Hope you'll be able to visit there soon!

Martini said...

nice places, wish I can visit them one day :)

astrogalaxy said...

Thanks for dropping in!
Hope to see you in often!