From Venice to Barcelona: Part 5
The Leaning Tower of Pisa’s construction was begun in 1173. Due to several wars over the years, construction continued off and on for about 200 years. The name of the original architect is still unknown.
The top of the leaning tower is about 17 feet off the vertical line, to give you an idea of just how much the tower is actually leaning! The tower is also slightly curved, from the attempts of various architects to correct the leaning effects and keep it from falling over. Numerous ideas have been shared to straighten the tower, including completely deconstructing it stone by stone and reconstructing it in another location.
In the 1920’s the foundation was injected with cement to stabilize the tower. Due to its current stability, it has been recently opened to tourists to climb the top of the tower.
I have to say that seeing the statue of David was one of the highlights of my trip. It has been something I have studied throughout my life. I studied art history in high school, was an art major in college, and took two sculpting courses in college. Not only studying art but having some knowledge of the sculpting process and difficulty, simply made my jaw drop. The sheer mass of the David is spectacular, the detail is immaculate, and it’s absolutely nothing short of beauty in a human form.
I almost can’t fully describe why I was so impressed by this work. It truly is just as amazing as it should be, even more so, in my opinion. Photos can’t capture the gigantic nature and the flawless work of Michelangelo.
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