Pete's Pisa Photographs
The Leaning Tower of Pisa
The Leaning Tower - I never realised that it was
built on a swamp. So if you go to see it, take insert repellant. But that
said, it's a must see.
The Leaning Towers anchor - you can just about
see the cables in the picture of the tower itself. This is what they are
connected to. Apparently there is very little stress in these cables,
they're really there "just in case".
The tower and the Duomo - If you've not been
to Pisa, you can be forgiven for thinking that the only impressive building
is the Leaning Tower. But the Duomo is an incredible cathedral, built
around the same time as the Tower. (13th Century). Photographs of the
leaning tower always seem to exclude the other wonderful architecture.
Inside the Duomo - the decoration is wonderful.
There was nowhere to look that wasn't breathtaking. (Note, this was handheld
for 1/8 of a second - it's come out really well. The trick is to brace
yourself against something solid and squeeze the shutter release as gently
as you can).
The outside of the Mascosta - an incredible
circular church. Inside there is an altar pretty much centrally. Above
there's a balcony about halfway up. And right at the top you can get into
the roof space to see the view.
The Moscosta's entrance. - The doorway is
covered in incredible masonry.
At the top - inside the roof space. I'm
particularily pleased with this since I didn't have a flash or a tripod so
I had to hand hold the camera for 1/8 of a second again. This time I
braced myself in a corner.
View from the top of the Mascosta - Over the centre
of Pisa. The city looks, at least to my eyes very roman. Red brick and red
A doorway - There is a certain style to most of
the other buildings too, this is a good example.
I was here! - I stayed at the Grand Hotel Duomo,
circled in blue. The arrow points towards the Leaning Tower. Stepping out
of the hotel in the morning I could not quite see the tower, but I got a
great view of the Duomo.
© Peter Bagnall