Monday, January 25, 2016

Fact of the Day: Leaning Bell Tower

The Leaning Tower of Pisa is most famous for it leaning at an angle (by accident), but it's traditional purpose is to serve as a bell tower for a local Italian cathedral of the Roman Catholic Church. 

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  1. Now Adam you have a good one here.
    Not to be missed I can guarantee if you visit Italy
    and don't think you can cover Pisa in a day - IMPOSSIBLE!
    The "Piazza dei Miracoli" is where the great places of history are located. Pisa is literally smothered in history - from the ancient to the modern.

    I arrived very early in the morning with a mate who later at
    one stage lived in Spartanburg!!!
    We had great visions of seeing the Tower - going to the top as was permitted - but we failed to check with the tourism bureau in Florence on what to do and see. If we had checked we would have found the whole area was which is U.N.E.S.C.O.
    heritage listed was closed for cleaning and renovations, but we still were able to walk all around the perimeter!! Not quite the same. It is one of the "wonders of the World".
    So anyone who has Italy on a "bucket list" - mark down at least 3 days to see Pisa and the surrounds of the city and countryside.
    And two young blokes from countries unheard of when Pisa was a flourishing place of learning etc. thought we could do Pisa in a day!!! Tut tut - you live and learn, eh?
    B J Hunnicut aka Colin

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  2. That would be interesting to see in real life.

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  3. What would that tower be without the angle - not famous at all!

    -Kati

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    1. Kati
      A rather disappointing comment from a European and a Berliner to boot.
      So what would the Brandenburg Gate be without the Quadriga on the top???
      Hmmmmmmm - just another ARCH in the middle of a famous street????
      B J Hunnicut aka Colin

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  4. I didn't know that before, would be very interesting to see in person.

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    1. ????????
      Please try - I doubt you'd get too far, the Security Police might have "itchy fingers".
      Colin

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    2. I don't mind police getting their fingers on me. I was more making a joke on getting dizzy.

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  6. I'm going to Italy this summer! I'll be sure to put Pisa on my list!

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  7. I hope to visit Italy one day and see it in person.

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  8. It has been stablized now so it won't lean over any further than it already does. It was in danger of falling over in due course apparently.

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  9. Some accidents sure turn out interesting

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    1. Except when your girlfriend has some 'special' news to share :)

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  10. This is but one of three structures in Pisa at a place called The Field of Miracles.

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