Sunday, November 20, 2016

Torrazzo of Cremona Tower Souvenir Building

The Torrazzo is the bell tower of the Cathedral of Cremona in Lombardy, Italy. Towering 112.7 meters (343 ft 6 in), it is the third-tallest brickwork bell tower in the world (the first being the tower of St. Martin's Church in Landshut, Bavaria, and the second at the Church of Our Lady in Bruges, Belgium). Completed in 1309, Torrazzo is older than the Landshut tower (completed in 1500) and the Bruges tower (completed in 1465), and it is the oldest brick structure taller than 100 m that is still standing. Built in four phases: a first dating back to the 1230s, up to the third dripstone, a second, between 1250 and 1267, up to the dripstone under the quadriphore, a third around 1284, and the completion of the marble spire in 1309. Its height is announced by a plaque embedded in the wall at the base of the Torrazzo itself, stating 250 arms and 2 ounces, which in the ancient measuring system of the Lombard towns translates to approximately 111 meters.

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