Photographer's Note

Not another Leaning Tower photo! But I couldn't resist taking this photo through the gateway. And no way could I make the tourists move out of the way. I was amazed with the amount of people there, and the shop keepers in tents selling whatever they could.

The Leaning Tower of Pisa was built between 1173 and 1350 to compliment the cathedral and overall complex of the Campo dei Miracoli. Construction was interrupted over its construction history and a lean became evident as early as 1178 when it reached the third level. It was continued despite the lean and finished with the upper most part correcting for the lean of the time. So one can now see how far it has come since not only the beginning but also the 14th century. It stands a total of 56 meters tall. By the end of the 20th century its lean had reached over 5 meters as it sank further into the unstable soil.

I scanned the photo on an HP Scanjet 2400, 1200dpi/48bit scanner. I have cropped it a little and sharpened it. I also thought of cropping it portrait-shaped with just the middle gateway showing, but decided I wanted to show the other gateways.

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Additional Photos by Janice Dunn (Janice) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 920 W: 68 N: 1359] (4403)
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