|Photo: Through the magic of forced perspective, it appears that John is holding the Leaning Tower of Pisa in his hand|
It is the bell tower for the cathedral in Pisa.
|Photo: Il Duomo, or cathedral, in Pisa, with the leaning bell tower behind it|
|Photo: The inside of the cathedral features black and white striped columns and religious artwork|
A baptistery stands across from the cathedral, or duomo. Our guide told us that in the early years, a person needed to be baptized before being allowed into the cathedral.
|Photo: The domed baptistery in Pisa|
|Photo: An aerial view of inside the baptistery. The octagonal font is in the center.|
|Photo: The well-worn stairs inside the tower of Pisa|
Once at the top, we arrived in time to hear the bells chime twelve. Rather, one bell did all the work, while the others stood silent. That surprised (and disappointed) me a little, but it was still interesting to hear.
Though the tower, duomo, and baptistery rightly command attention, the entire square is surrounded by an interesting wall. Once we had climbed down the tower, we took some time to notice the wall and gates.
|Photo: A high stone wall with an arched gate. A stone lion stands on top.|
What place have you visited that was much "more" in person? I'd love to hear about it!