Sunday, February 13, 2011

The Sounds of Pisa's Baptistry

The Leaning Tower of Pisa is the bell tower for the Duomo (cathedral) and on the other side of the Duomo stands the also-leaning Baptistry of St. John. The Italians, design-oriented as they are, managed to fly in color-coordinated pigeons to model for tourist photo-shoots (I think this is part of the Duomo, but I can't really remember):

The baptistry is Italy's largest and many of its mosaics are best seen from the balcony:

I marvel at the skill of the persons who designed, carved and did the mosaic-work on this panel:

The arches and balcony of the baptistry hold a secret:

They do not interfere with the magnificent resonance of the building, and perhaps even enable the sounds to swirl around. The guide demonstrated (please excuse my broken camera; it seems to have the hiccups):

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