Questo sito utilizza i cookie per fornire la migliore esperienza di navigazione possibile. Continuando a utilizzare questo sito senza modificare le impostazioni dei cookie o cliccando su "Accetta" permetti il loro utilizzo.

Chiudi

Work: Square of Miracles

Architectural model

Square of Miracles

Modello architettonico

Dimensions
35 cm high, 197 cm long, 120 cm wide; scale 1:200
Technique
casting, assembly
Material
resin, wood
Space
Medieval and 15th Century

Original

Date
1000 - 1200 A.C.
Period
Romanesque Gothic
Location
Pisa

Photo: Maurizio Bolognini. Museo Tattile Statale Omero Archive.

Description

The expression “Piazza dei Miracoli” (Square of Miracles), coined by Gabriele d’Annunzio, expresses the wonder of one who sees the whiteness of the monuments above the brilliant green of the lawn. A UNESCO World Heritage site since 1987, the area is located on the outskirts of Pisa and includes the Cathedral, the Baptistery, the Bell Tower, the New Hospital and the Monumental Cemetery.

The project to build the new church of Santa Maria dates from 1064, the year of the military expedition against the Saracens in Palermo. The spoils of this war were partially invested in its construction. The Cathedral, a symbol of Pisa’s religious and civic community, had to reflect its fame and power: epigraphs celebrating its principal maritime enterprises were placed on its facade and architectural elements from Roman monuments were inserted on the side walls.

The Baptistery, designed by Diotisalvi, was built in line with the Cathedral facade, in 1152. Inspired by the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, it demonstrates the relationship between Pisan and Eastern architecture. Its circular plan was adopted by the unknown architect of the Bell Tower (Bonanno Pisano or Diotisalvi?) in 1173. The curves of the famous round Tower recall the apses of the Cathedral and the use of columns and small arches links it to the other buildings in the Square. It is 56 metres high and its 293 steps lead to the top of its 8 storeys. Shortly after construction work began, the Campanile, which houses seven bells, began to lean because of an unstable foundation.