Symmetrical view of lawn and cloisters; Camposanto, Pisa, Tuscany, Italy
Description: The Piazza dei Miracoli (Square of Miracles) in Pisa is justifiably famous the world over for the stunning architecture of the Duomo (Cathedral), the Campanile (Bell Tower, Leaning Tower), the Battistero di San Giovanni (Baptistery of Saint John) and the Campo Santo (lit. 'Holy Field'), pictured here. The Campo Santo is a walled cemetery and was built around earth allegedly brought back from Golgotha in the Forth Crusade, and was built between 1278 and 1464. Behind the lines of arches lies a massive cloister filled with sarcophagi and sculptures. The thing that had always struck me prior to visiting was the contrast between the vibrant green of the grass and the white of the limestone and marble facades, so reminiscent of the natural environment of the cliffs of the Yorkshire Dales, where I lived for the greatest period of my life. It is this that I have tried to capture in this shot, as well, of course, as the wonderful symmetry of this beautiful building.