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Piazza del Duomo, Pisa
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Type of site: Cultural
Date: 11-14th century
Date of Inscription: 1987, 2007
Location: Europe, Italy, Tuscany, City and Province of Pisa
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Description: Piazza del Duomo stands in a vast green expanse, and houses a group of monuments celebrated around the world. The cathedral, the baptistry, the campanile (the 'Leaning Tower') and the cemetery constitute four medieval architectural masterpieces that had a profound influence on monumental Italian art from the 11th to the 14th century. --WHMNet paraphrase from the description at WHC Site, where additional information is available.
  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 Baptistery 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. --Wikipedia. Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License.
Reference: 1. UNESCO World Heritage Center, Site Page.
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