The Duomo Pisa

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However famous and fascinating the Tower might be, Duomo still dominates the Piazza dei Miracoli.

The Pisa Cathedral was the first example of the now-distinctive Pisan Romanesque style, and a masterpiece of Romanesque architecture by any measure. Moreover, it is recognized worldwide as a main center for medieval art. A disastrous fire destroyed most of the cathedral's artworks in the 16th century, but fortunately, some of the best Renaissance artists were available and hired for reconstruction.

At the entrance opposite the Leaning Tower is the original bronze Door of San Ranieri, cast by Bonnano Pisano. The pulpit by Giovanni Pisano is now widely regarded as a masterpiece. It was discovered after years in a crate in 1926, reassembled, and put back in its original position.