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photoblog image San Gimignano by night

San Gimignano by night

 

"The small town of San Gimignano lies conveniently on one of most important medieval pilgrimage routes. Its inhabitants exploited the situation well. Made quickly rich by the constant influx of pilgrims, the families of San Gimigano wanted to show off. Each of them yearned to have a palace, but only thing that could be crammed between the tight confines of town walls was a tower. Merchant families of San Gimignano entered an informal contest of building a higher and more splendid stone tower. The law forbade building the tower higher than the main communal one, known as Rognosa. Owning one become a status symbol. At the peak of fashion San Gimignano boasted no less the 72 of them.

Today only 15 remain. In 1348 the Plague devastated the city and it faded in obscurity, until it was rediscovered as tourist attraction in 19th century. The historic center of San Gimignano is protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site."

https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/towers-san-gimignano

San Gimignano by night

 

"The small town of San Gimignano lies conveniently on one of most important medieval pilgrimage routes. Its inhabitants exploited the situation well. Made quickly rich by the constant influx of pilgrims, the families of San Gimigano wanted to show off. Each of them yearned to have a palace, but only thing that could be crammed between the tight confines of town walls was a tower. Merchant families of San Gimignano entered an informal contest of building a higher and more splendid stone tower. The law forbade building the tower higher than the main communal one, known as Rognosa. Owning one become a status symbol. At the peak of fashion San Gimignano boasted no less the 72 of them.

Today only 15 remain. In 1348 the Plague devastated the city and it faded in obscurity, until it was rediscovered as tourist attraction in 19th century. The historic center of San Gimignano is protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site."

https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/towers-san-gimignano

comments (5)

  • Chris
  • England
  • 3 May 2020, 05:54
I wonder what those windowless towers are, surely not chimneys?
Tom Wilson: I've now put up an explanation, Chris - see https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/towers-san-gimignano
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 3 May 2020, 06:03
What an excellent image, Tom.
Tom Wilson: Thanks, Ray.
  • Richard Trim
  • Suffolk: where the sun rises first in England
  • 3 May 2020, 07:49
The thumb made it look very industrial ...
Tom Wilson: Actually the merchant class showing off smile https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/towers-san-gimignano
I am also wondering what those towers are Tom
Tom Wilson: I've put up an explanation, Bill, from https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/towers-san-gimignano
What crazy ideas some people get!
Tom Wilson: More money than sense, as we say smile

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