20 July 2011
Pisa, getting through a normal street in the town, the baptistery came in sight, became concrete and admirable. The famous building group is situated on a lawn, white marble on the green, a soothing contrast - gorgeous!
Everywhere is full of people. All came for the leaning tower. It is really stunning. Our attention was always on the tower and shot it from all prespectives. Most tourists were posting as resisting / supporting the 'falling' tower or gave it a kick to accelerate the fall. We? We did not take such post. It costs 17 Euro to climb the tower. We did not but bought a 10 Euro joint ticket to appreciate the Sinopia, Duomo, baptistery, Camposanto and the cathedral museum.
sinopia, a town at the shores of the Black Sea providing the reddish-brown pigments) is drawn on the wall. Pisa Sinopia shows the underdrawings of the Camposanto frescoes, which was mostly damaged in 1944. The sinopia was removed and restored. Now it is displayed in a high-ceiling chamber covering two floors.
Having said about the Camposanto, here shows some frescoes. The rich showed their dislike of the stinking corpse by using their hand to block the smell. The other shows the dead suffering in the hell. This is part of the famous frescoes depicting the Triumph of Death, by Buffalmacco. It is one of the most insteresting examples of 14C Italian painting. It was probably painted shortly after the plague epidemic of 1348, illustrates the vanity of earthly pleasure and the shortness of life.
Pisa Baptistery is majestic, both in terms of the artistic value and the immense height. The first two levels were designed in the Pisan Romanesque style. The second floor is decidedly Gothic flavour.
The exterior is beautified with exquisite sculpture and columns. The interior is impressive of the giant height and the amount of light penetrated in. The pulpit is designed by Nicola Pisano.
Duomo Museum houses a nice collections of art. First and foremost, you've got a fabulous view of the learning tower. The tour in the museum starts with funeral monuments. The Treasury displays two 12C Limoges reliquaries (11C ivory chest, a small 12C silver gilt Crucifix), sculptures, colourful and artistic antique books.
Pisa's beauty is not limited to the Leaning Tower but pretty squares, churches dotted around the city and its river. Spacious and tranquil Piazza dei Cavalieri lies in the heart of this medival town. It is frequented by university students. The square is dominated by the palazzo dei Cavalieri, commissioned by Cosimo I de'Medici, an authoritarian ruler of Tuscany. The statue in the middle of the square demonstrates his power and mightiness.
Head to the river and you will soon find the elegant facade of Santa Maria dells Spina built of white marble standing elegantly, proudly and admirably as another landmark of Pisa. It is a little gem of the city, suggested by its name, for its proximity to the river, small size and wonder Gothic pinnacles.