Square of Miracles│Pisa, Italy
The Piazza dei Miracoli is know as “Square of Miracles” in English. It was known as Piazza del Duomo (which means “Cathedral Square”) in the past. This large walled area is located in Pisa, Tuscany, Italy, and is recognized as an important center of European medieval art and one of the finest architectural complexes in the world. The Leaning Tower is not the only attraction in the city of Pisa. Actually when the building complex at Field of Miracles was built. The bell tower therefore wasn’t intended to be the centerpiece of the square.
The Catholic Church owns this square, and it is made up for four religious structures: the Pisa Cathedral, the Pisa Baptistry, the Campanile (Bell Tower), and the Camposanto Monumentale (Monumental Cemetery).
We came to see the Leaning Tower of Pisa, and truthfully, we had never even heard of the rest of this square. However once there, the whole complex became quite captivating. The centerpiece is Il Duomo, the Cathedral, one of Italy’s major architectural monuments. The multi-layered open-air arches on the facade are pure sophistication. In fact, each column of the cathedral is slightly different. The grey and white striped stonework is a style unique to Tuscany.
The final building that we came to was the spectacular Baptistry. It was started in 1153, and has its place is at the head of the field. It is a symbolic crown in Romanesque style.
Check out our Leaning Tower of Pisa post HERE.
We tried a few infamous Leaning Tower “poses”, where we aimed at getting a good picture of each of us “holding up/ pushing over the tower” – a tourist attraction all itself!
The square is sometimes called the Campo dei Miracoli (Field of Miracles). In 1987, the whole square was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Since our trip to Pisa was a spontaneous one, we wanted to get back on the road and see Lucca on our journey back to Florence. We grabbed a couple of gelatos and then went back to our car. This complex is well-worth a visit if you are in (or around Pisa). However, be warned, there were tons of people here in the summer!