THE SOUTH-WALL OF THE CATHEDRAL


This is a place where probably millions of people passed on their way from the leaning tower to the baptistery.
I never just pass here. It's a wall you can read. There are fragments of sculptured text scattered all over this and the other walls of the cathedral. They are a kind of medieval graffiti, something you find also on other buildings in Pisa. I don't know why it's there, but I assume that in most cases the medieval constructors wanted to recycle pieces from earlier buildings. (but if there is another reason, I'm curious to know it).
When you take a better look at the entire wall you will notice that it is irregular, there's not one line parallel to another. I don't think this is a wanted effect (as it was for instance at the Parthenon of Athens), but those small irregularities give this wall a very natural aspect.(a thing that, in my opinion, also modern architects should take into account while making their projects)
In winter and early spring it's also a very pleasant place to be, because the white walls and pavement amplify the sunlight in the same way as snow does in high mountains.

page started on the 13th of february 1996
last modified the 17th of march 1996.




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