The "Torrazzo" steeple - at night by sstarlightss

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- Featured in “A Night somewhere…” Group – December 4, 2009
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- Featured in “History” Group – August 31, 2009
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- Third place in the “Steeples” Challenge (August 5, 2009) launched by “History” Group – MANY THANKS FOR YOUR VOTES
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- Featured in the “Christian Churches, Statues and Crosses” Group – July 19, 2009
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The bell tower ot the Cathedral of Cremona, is the famous Torrazzo, symbol of the city and tallest pre-modern tower in Italy.
The Torrazzo of Cremona (Lombardy, Italy) is the bell tower of the Cathedral of Cremona. At 112.7 metres, it is the second highest lateritious bell tower in the world built, the first being the Bavarian Landshut Cathedral tower (1432).
According to popular tradition, construction on the tower began in 754. In reality, it was 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 towns translates to approximately 111 metres.
Archaeological excavations made in the 1980s have discovered the presence of underlying structures which are supposed to be the remains of a more ancient churchyard (or a cemetery associated to it), or even previous Roman buildings.
In the Torrazzo’s fourth storey resides the largest astronomical clock in the world. The mechanism was built by Francesco and Giovan Battista Divizioli (father and son) between 1583 and 1588. The exterior, originally painted by Paolo Scazzola in 1483 but later repainted many times, represents the sky with zodiac constellations and the Sun and Moon moving through them.

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  • ChereeCheree
    ChereeChereeover 5 years ago

    Very pretty..

  • Thank you very much, Sherry,nice form you visit and comment and added my name on your watchlist

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  • Mike Oxley
    Mike Oxleyabout 5 years ago

    Beautiful capture. Very interesting information. Great work!

  • Many thanks, Mike, for coming and for the great comment! ;o)

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  • Karen  Helgesen
    Karen Helgesenabout 5 years ago

    Congratulations on your feature in Christian Churches, Statues and Crosses!

  • SO MANY THANKS, HOSTS AND CO-HOSTS FOR FEATURED MY WORK! I’M SO HONOURED THAT YOU APPRECIATE MY IMAGES! I’M HAPPY AND GRATEFUL! WARMEST ;o)

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  • Marie Sharp
    Marie Sharpabout 5 years ago

    Wow, another magnificent capture! It’s a pleasure to have you in our group! Congratulations on your feature!
    Marie ~ Host

  • My dear Marie, it’s an honour for me be part of your lovely Group! I’m very pleased that you like my works! Thank you so much for making great the Group! Hugs. ;o)

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  • Cathy Cale
    Cathy Caleabout 5 years ago

    Top ten in the “STEEPLES” challenge….WAY TO GO!!!!

  • MANY THANKS TO THE MEMBERS WHO VOTES MY IMAGE! I’M SO GRATEFUL

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  • PhotosByG
    PhotosByGalmost 5 years ago

    Congratulations! Your photo has been featured in “A Night somewhere ….”
    This photo was chosen because it was of a very high quality and it captured exactly the sort of work we are looking for in this group.
    Please keep up the great work and we hope you continue to add more of your excellent photographs to this group.

  • THANK YOU A LOT, GRAHAM AND MARILYN, FOR FEATURED MY IMAGE TODAY. I’M SO GRATEFUL ABOUT. – Friendly. Claudia ;o)

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  • Bernadette Watts
    Bernadette Wattsover 4 years ago

    This is a georgeous shot. Excellent information. ~ Bernadette

  • Welcome, Bernadette, nice to meet you and so many thanks for coming and so greatly commented! ;o)

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  • ginabgood1
    ginabgood1almost 4 years ago

  • Thank you, Gina, nice from you coming for leave a comment and for fav my image. ;o)

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  • catnip addict manor
    catnip addict ...over 3 years ago

    most gorgeous shot ive ever seen of a steeple. you go girl!

  • Wow, Rachel, such a GREAT compliment! It’s a beautiful subject for a shot, especially at night! Thank you very much for fav too. ;o)

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  • Audrey Clarke
    Audrey Clarkeabout 3 years ago

  • Thank you, Audrey, for having accepted my image. :o)

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