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Romanesque Architecture – Medieval Europe

By |2018-04-10T22:48:55-07:00July 31st, 2017|Architecture, Medieval|

Façade of Pisa's Duomo We call this kind of building Romanesque because it is a little like Roman architecture, with its columns and round arches. But people built Romanesque buildings around 1000-1200 AD instead of during the Roman Empire. The fall of the Roman Empire, about 500 AD, made everybody in the empire poorer than they were before. But the people [...]

Leaning Tower of Pisa – Italy

By |2019-02-10T09:34:54-07:00July 31st, 2017|Architecture, Medieval|

Leaning Tower of Pisa Why did Pisa build a Leaning Tower? The Leaning Tower of Pisa wasn't supposed to lean at all. It was supposed to just be the bell tower for the Cathedral of Pisa. It was to hold the bells that rang to tell people when to come to church. But they built [...]

Pisa – the Duomo – medieval Italy

By |2017-07-31T09:36:31-07:00July 31st, 2017|Architecture, Medieval|

Cathedral of Pisa (the Duomo) This is the cathedral of medieval Pisa, in Italy. The architects built the cathedral in the Romanesque style around 1064 AD. The rounded arches are typical of the Romanesque style. So is the floor plan of the building, with many little bits sticking out all over. Façade of Pisa's Duomo The outside of the [...]

Pisa Baptistery – Medieval Italy

By |2019-02-10T08:57:19-07:00July 31st, 2017|Architecture, Medieval|

The baptistery of Pisa, Italy When did Pisa build their baptistery? This baptistery is where people baptized  their children in medieval Pisa (PEE-za), in Italy. The people of Pisa built their round baptistery in the Romanesque style around 1150 AD. What is baptism? Romanesque architecture Pisa in the Middle Ages All our Medieval Europe articles How did Pisa [...]

Florence Baptistery – Romanesque architecture in Italy

By |2019-02-10T08:22:46-07:00July 30th, 2017|Architecture, Medieval|

Florence baptistery: the Romanesque baptistery in Florence, Italy Earlier Florence baptistery (700 AD) Probably people had built an earlier, smaller octagonal baptistery here around 700 AD.  This is where Catholic priests baptized Christian babies in medieval Florence. What is baptism? Medieval Florence Romanesque architecture All our medieval Europe articles This baptistery is also called San Giovanni, the [...]

History of Democracy: Who invented democracy?

By |2019-05-04T09:10:04-07:00June 29th, 2017|Government, Greeks|

History of Democracy: The Pnyx, where Athenian men debated issues and voted What is democracy? Democracy means the rule of the people (in Greek). That is where each individual person has a vote about what to do. Whatever the most people vote for wins. There is no king or tyrant, and anybody can [...]