Friday, August 10, 2012

Duomos, towers and gelato in Pisa...

Leaning tower of Pisa / La Fontana dei putti ( The Fountain with Angels )
Here's a couple more from the European trip. To the left is the leaning tower of Pisa (obviously) with the The Fountain with Angels (La Fontana dei putti) in the foreground. I tried and tried to find some kind of info on this statue but all I turned up was pic after pic of them, nothing on Wikipedia. If you haven't figured out I have a fondness for history.

The Ospedale Nuovo di Santo Spirito
The second one here of the red brick building was once the Ospedale Nuovo di Santo Spirito ("New Hospital of Holy Spirit") built in 1257 by Giovanni di Simone maybe over a preexisting hospital. The function of this hospital was to help pilgrims, poor, sick people and abandoned children with a shelter. It later changed its name in Ospedale della Misericordia ("Hospital of the Mercy") or di Santa Chiara ("Sant Claire") that was the name of the little church included in the complex. Nowadays the building is no more an hospital. In the middle part of it, since 1979 is host the Museum of Sinopias where are kept the original drawings of the Camposanto frescoes. It's also where you purchase tickets to go up in the tower.