Monday, February 29, 2016

Garisenda and Asinelli

Garisenda and Asinelli towers, Piazza Ravegnana, Bologna
Torre Garisenda (Garisenda Tower)
Torre degli Asinelli (Asinelli Tower)
Piazza Ravegnana
Bologna, June 2015

“The Two Towers (Italian: Le due torri), both of them leaning, are the symbol of Bologna, Italy, and the most prominent of the Towers of Bologna. They are located at the intersection of the roads that lead to the five gates of the old ring wall (mura dei torresotti). The taller one is called the Asinelli while the smaller but more leaning tower is called the Garisenda. Their names derive from the families which are traditionally credited for their construction between 1109 and 1119. However, the scarcity of documents from this early period makes this in reality rather uncertain. The name of the Asinelli family, for example, is documented for the first time actually only in 1185, almost 70 years after the presumed construction of the tower which is attributed to them.”
(Two Towers, Bologna, Wikipedia)

1 comment:

joo said...

Very nice photo