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a postcard from Italy

a postcard from Italy
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Copyright: Tsilla Nahari (tnahari) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1381 W: 259 N: 4365] (26007)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-08-15
Categories: Architecture
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-07-30 1:24
Viewed: 2152
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Leaning Tower of Pisa - Torre Pendente di Pisa
Location: Pisa, Italy
Built: 1173-1350
Architect: Unknown. The tower may have been designed by Bonanno Pisano and Guglielmo of Innsbruck, Austria or Diotisalvi.

The Tower of Pisa was designed as a bell tower but its main purpose was to promote the town of Pisa. The foundation of the tower was only three meters thick and the soil underneath was unstable. A series of wars interrupted the construction for many years. During the long pause, the soil continued to settle. Rather than abandon the project, builders accommodated the tilt by adding extra height to the upper stories on one side of the Tower. The extra weight caused the upper part of the Tower to lean in the opposite direction.

Over the centuries there have been many attempts to remove or reduce the tilt. In 1990, an Italian government-appointed special commission determined that the tower was no longer safe for tourists, closed it off, and started devising ways to make the building safer.

John Burland, a professor of soil mechanics, came up with the system of removing soil from the north side in order to make the building settle back into the ground and thus reduce the tilt. This worked and the tower was reopened to tourism in 2001.

Today, the Tower of Piza leans at a 3.97 degree angle


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Very nice postcard and very well and elegantly composed. Good sharpness, excellent lighting and very good saturation. Good use of thirdies.

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  • nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2777 W: 0 N: 5194] (50772)
  • [2011-07-30 1:54]


La belle tour de Pise, on voit parfaitement comme elle penche c'est vraiment impressionant cet édiffice, super cadrage et captage.

Bravo et amitié


Bonjour Tsilla,

Même pas peur qu'elle s'éffondre:-O !!!
Superbe prise de vue, vraiment de belles couleurs.
Une carte postale en sommes!
Note et présentation ordonnée.
Bravo TFS.
Ayez un bon Weekend.

Hi Tsilla
Nice colourful postcard,good POV and composition,great details.

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  • Saba Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1474 W: 0 N: 4177] (21534)
  • [2011-07-30 7:39]

Hello Tsilla :)

Your postcard from Italii is the very interesting,
and crooked tower looks as always very flashily.
The very pretty realization, I like him.

Best wishes.

Though clouds tend to OE but overall the scene gives a real postcard look, Tsilla!

The picture is razor-sharp and a great sense of scale has been given while showing the tourists enjoying the view from the top of the Pisa Tower.
The cloudy sky gives nice drama into the work.
Well caught!

Have a nice weekend.


Looks like the tower is more tilted. Nicely captured with soft lighting and good details. Well done, tfs.

  • loribird Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 920 W: 109 N: 1182] (5561)
  • [2011-07-31 12:25]

Nice shot Tsilla. Good detail, soft lighting and color. Would make a nice postcard. TFS, Lori

Hi Tsilla,
Very nice post card from Pisa,
Beautiful caught of view and details,
Amazing old architecture and composition.
Very very well done.

Hi Tsilla..nice sharp shot with good tones and details. I like the scale of the building compared to the people....well done.


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