• hmmm never heard of that building. wonderful view - ALMOSTAWESOME55
  • super !! - ROBERT X
  • Good one :)
  • You can see the droplets on the umbrella nicely in large view
  • I had to wait, because all people took photos, standing on this pillar and supporting the leaning tower with their hands.
  • I looove this part! - 023 Antoine

Motion over Pisa

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Thanks to the friendly umbrella salesman, who let me use his merchandise for this shot ;)


The Leaning Tower of Pisa (Italian: Torre pendente di Pisa) or simply the Tower of Pisa (La Torre di Pisa) is the campanile, or freestanding bell tower, of the cathedral of the Italian city of Pisa. It is situated behind the Cathedral and is the third oldest structure in Pisa's Cathedral Square (Piazza del Duomo) after the Cathedral and the Baptistry.

Although intended to stand vertically, the tower began leaning to the southeast soon after the onset of construction in 1173 due to a poorly laid foundation and loose substrate that has allowed the foundation to shift direction. The tower currently leans to the southwest.

The height of the tower is 55.86 m (183.27 ft) from the ground on the lowest side and 56.70 m (186.02 ft) on the highest side. The width of the walls at the base is 4.09 m (13.42 ft) and at the top 2.48 m (8.14 ft). Its weight is estimated at 14,500 metric tons (16,000 short tons). The tower has 296 or 294 steps; the seventh floor has two fewer steps on the north-facing staircase. Prior to restoration work performed between 1990 and 2001, the tower leaned at an angle of 5.5 degrees, but the tower now leans at about 3.99 degrees. This means that the top of the tower is 3.9 metres (12 ft 10 in) from where it would stand if the tower were perfectly vertical.


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The Piazza del Duomo ("Cathedral Square") is a wide, walled area at the heart of the city of Pisa, Tuscany, Italy, recognized as one of the main centers for medieval art in the world. Partly paved and partly grassed, it is dominated by four great religious edifices: the Duomo, the Leaning Tower (the cathedral's campanile), the Baptistry and the Camposanto.

It is otherwise known as Piazza dei Miracoli ("Square of Miracles"). This name was created by the Italian writer and poet Gabriele d'Annunzio who, in his novel Forse che si forse che no (1910) described the square in this way:

L’Ardea roteò nel cielo di Cristo, sul prato dei Miracoli.

which means: "The Ardea rotated over the sky of Christ, over the meadow of Miracles."

Often people tend to mistake the term with Campo dei Miracoli ("Field of Miracles"). This one is a fictional magical field in the book Pinocchio, where a gold coin seed will grow a money tree.

In 1987 the whole square was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


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  1. Sanja Buterin 50 months ago | reply

    Maybe u had luck the weather was not fine as u said. But if it was u will have a tousands of tourist in frond of ur lens instead of this beautiful umbrella :)

  2. ciccioetneo 50 months ago | reply

    Excellent shot.

  3. PocketCamera44 [deleted] 50 months ago | reply

    nice picture!

  4. joanna_ance 47 months ago | reply

    so beautiful!

  5. la petite brindille [deleted] 45 months ago | reply

    Toller Winkel!

  6. toni jara 42 months ago | reply

    An absolutely beautiful shot with these tones so well made. A wonderful light

  7. artland 36 months ago | reply

    This is a wonderful shot!
    You are invited to post it to:


  8. NasseR AlzaaBI 34 months ago | reply

    Wonderful capture!

  9. GrandTheft 32 months ago | reply

    photo editing is cheating...fuck posed flicks

  10. GrandTheft 32 months ago | reply

    i want too see real life around historic spots ...makes it better

  11. victor98_2001 32 months ago | reply

    brilliant shot

  12. Anena 30 months ago | reply

    WOW! great.

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