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Piazza dei Miracoli, Pisa
Piazza dei Miracoli history
The piazza is also known as Piazza del Duomo - the Cathedral Square – which is actually its real name. However, in 1910, the Italian writer and poet Gabriele d’Annunzio described the square in one of his books. He wrote; "The Ardea rotated over the sky of Christ, over the meadow of Miracles." Ever since, the piazza is more known as the Piazza dei Miracoli.
The piazza and its buildings were constructed between the 11th and the 15th century. During this period, Pisa was one of the most dominant cities in Italy and the new piazza needed to reflect their power.
The city of Pisa spent huge amounts of money to construct a new religious complex. As the new complex was supposed to convey power and influence, they weren’t satisfied with only building a new cathedral. Instead they built no less than four amazing structures; the Duomo Cathedral, the Baptistry, the Camposanto Cemetery and the bell tower, also known as the Leaning Tower.
What many people don’t realize is that there is also a symbolic meaning in the different buildings. Together, they all represent the different periods in life. The Baptistry represents the start of life; birth. The Cathedral represents the life while the cemetery
Why visit Piazza dei Miracoli ?
The name of this outstanding square, Piazza dei Miracoli, translates to “the Square of Miracles.” Once one gets a good look at it, it’s easy to understand why.
This square is highly regarded as one of the most beautiful squares in the whole world. Piazza dei Miracoli was rightfully so declared a World Heritage Site in 1987; not only for its beauty but also as it a way of recognizing it as one of the main centers for medieval art in the world.
A square full of life
Piazza dei Miracoli is not only visited for its beauty, but also for the many interesting buildings on the site, as it includes the Duomo Cathedral, the Baptistry, the Camposanto Cemetery and the world famous the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Few other squares can offer several masterpieces of that magnitude. It is not known as one of the greatest squares ever built without a reason.
The Meadow of Mircales
Even though many tourists visit the place, it almost never feels too crowded. The plain green fields together with the majestic white buildings always project an aura of peace and serenity. It’s easy to understand why Gabriele d’Annunzio described this place as the Meadow of Miracles.
Piazza dei Miracoli location
Piazza dei Miracoli is located in central Pisa, on Italy's west coast. The square is situated on the edge of Pisa's medieval city. Entry tickets for the various buildings in the square are bought in the building on the south side. For the exact location of Piazza dei Miracoli, check out the location map to the right.
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