%MRC% A couple of links I found:

Hunger is the theme of my life. For now, I will attempt to satisfy it through some really cool architecture!

Like this:




Interesting facts: First Construction Stop: 1178 (War with Firenze)

Year in which lean became obvious: 1178 (Third Story) Height at which lean became obvious: 10.6 meters (35 ft.) Level at which Tower Straightens to North: 5 (About 110 meters) Second Construction Stop: 1185 (War with Firenze) Later Construction Stop: 1284 (War with Genoa, Major Sea Battle Defeat)

Height: 55.863 meters (185 feet). 8 stories. Outer Diameter of Base: 15.484 meters Inner Diameter of Base: 7.368 meters

Weight: 14,700 metric tons Thickness of Walls at the Base: 8 feet Direction of Lean: 1173-1250 North, 1272-1997 South

Comments/questions that struck me:

Observations on PISA: While Pisa seems to be a smaller town in size than Florence, its streets are wider and the ground seems flatter than the cobblestoned Florentine streets. This may be because Pisa was originally built by Etruscans in the 5th century B.C. - it was a commercial center facing the sea and lots of trade occurred there. Florence, on the other hand, was set up in Roman times as one of Caesar's colonies. It served as a fort for defense, originally with a rectangular plan with straight roads that crossed at right angles (and probably very narrow streets). Ironically, most of Florence today has neither straight roads nor right angles - this is because much of the Roman remains have been built over and some can still be found beneath the city.

This weekend, my travels took me to see the grandeur of MILAN's DUOMO.



THE DUOMO - Its Gothic-style architecture is immensely different from the Duomo in Florence. It has over 130 spires and over 500 statues, definitely magnificent. Unfortunately when we went to see it when the front was being renovated, so we didn't actually get to see the gorgeous facade. My first encounter with the Duomo was at night, when I saw the light at the top of the tallest spire. The intricate details were definitely very frightening.

Observations on Milan: Upon entering the Stazione Centrale of Milan, one immediately realizes that Milan is a bigger commercial center than either Florence or Pisa, by its taller "sky-scraper"ish buildings. There are not many, and they are spread out, but a tone of impersonality is set. There exist many more multi-lane roads in Milan, as well as bigger cars. For those with claustrophobia, Milan is a better city for you than Florence! As a sidenote, Milanese Italian is easier to understand (for me) than the Florentine accent.

Last, we have the Castello Sforzesco, the beloved Castle of Milan.


The Castello Sforzesco is a castle built in the latter 14th century at the time of Galeazzo II Visconti. It was named after Francesco Sforza, who transformed it into a ducal residence in 1450.

JessicaMok? and I did a presentation / discussion on April 28th comparing the domes of the Pantheon, Santa Maria del Fiore, and St. Peter's Basilica. I have attached them to this page for easy access.

-- MameiSun? - 11 May 2005

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