Leaning Tower of Pisa
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Location Pisa, Italy   map
Date 1063 to 1350   timeline
Building Type tower, church complex
 Construction System bearing masonry, cut stone, white marble
Climate mediterranean
Context church complex
Style Romanesque
Notes The famous Leaning Tower, La Torre Pendente, is part of the Cathedral of Pisa complex. White marble with colonnaded facades.






Perspective engraving
More drawings available on The GBC CD-ROM.   Contributions appreciated.

Discussion Leaning Tower of Pisa Commentary

"Pisa Cathedral with Baptistery, Campanile and Campo Santo, together form one of the most famous building groups in the world."

— Sir Banister Fletcher. A History of Architecture. p315.

Sources on Leaning Tower of Pisa

"Stablizing the Leaning Tower", by Don Barker, ArchitectureWeek No. 57, 2001.0711, pN1.1.

Robert Adam. Classical Architecture. London: Penguin Books, 1990. ISBN 0-670-82613-8. NA260.A26 1990. elevation drawing, fig d, p167. Derek Brentnall.

Werner Blaser and Monica Stucky. Drawings of Great Buildings. Boston: Birkhauser Verlag, 1983. ISBN 3-7643-1522-9. LC 83-15831. NA2706.U6D72 1983. plan and section drawings, p62. plan and section drawings of Baptistry, p63.

Kenneth John Conant. Carolingian and Romanesque Architecture, 800 to 1200. Baltimore: Penguin Books, 1959. NA365.C645. plan drawing, f57, p233.

Sir Banister Fletcher. A History of Architecture. London: The Butterworth Group, 1987. ISBN 0-408-01587-X. LC 86-31761. NA200.F63 1987. transverse section drawing, fig e, p313. longitudinal section drawing, fig f, p313. discussion, p315.   The classic text of architectural history. Expanded 1996 edition available at Amazon.com

Johnson Architectural Images. Copyrighted slides in the Artifice Collection.

John Julius Norwich, ed. Great Architecture of the World. London: Mitchell Beazley Publishers, 1975. photo, p103. Reprint edition: Da Capo Press, April 1991. ISBN 0-3068-0436-0. — An accessible, inspiring and informative overview of world architecture, with lots of full-color cutaway drawings, and clear explanations. Available at Amazon.com

Piero Sanpaolesi. Il Duomo Di Pisa e L'Architectura Romanica Toscana delle Origini. Pisa: Nistri-Lischi Editori, 1975. NA5621.P713 S32. axonometric section detail drawing of dome, f32, p230. section detail drawing of dome, f28, p211. site plan drawing, f20, p147.

Doreen Yarwood. The Architecture of Europe. New York: Hastings House, 1974. ISBN 0-8038-0364-8. LC 73-11105. NA950.Y37. perspective drawing of facade, f287, p150. none.

Great Buildings Model Kit : Great Buildings of the World. Julian Bicknell, Steve Chapman (Contributor). Clarkson Potter(June 1995). ISBN 0517883503. — A kit book with detailed pre-cut scale models of four famous buildings: Monticello, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Taj Mahal, and the Parthenon. Available at Amazon.com

Kevin Matthews. The Great Buildings Collection on CD-ROM. Artifice, 2001. ISBN 0-9667098-4-5.— Available at Amazon.com

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