Bells of the Leaning Tower

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Bells iof the Leaning Tower of Pisa Jan 11, 2017
While others marvel at the incline of the tower and the fun hike up it I was intrigued by the bells that have been placed on the tower.

A total of seven bells are in place on the Leaning Tower of Pisa. . All of them have names and their size range from 140 to 3620 kg. Five of the bells are visible when you get off on the first level of the tower. Two others are located in what is called the upper arcade and require a little bending and neck stretching.

The two prettiest of the bells deserve a little notation and are also the ones I took pictures of.

Pasquerecia - is the oldest of the bells on the tower and was cast around 1262. It also has the most adoration on it including an inscription noting where it was made and the name of the foundry, multiple arabesques, an eagle, a winged horse, and multiple roseaces. This bell originally hung at the Pisa Tower of Justice and was rung to announce prisoners heading for capital execution.

Il Asunta- is the largest of the bells and from what I could see the prettiest of the bells. Perhaps its beauty is attributable to the fact that is made of gold. At 3620 kg, it is almost twice the size of the second largest bell. It was cast by Giovanni Orlandi in 1654.

The bells for hundreds of years were rung by using bell chords that were attached to the ground. This practice stopped in the early 20th century for fear that the two largest of the bells were too heavy and may break free.

The bells are only visible if you climb the tower. I heard no bells chiming during our visit to the tower.
Bells of the Leaning Tower of Pisa
Bells of the Leaning Tower of Pisa
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