Torre del Mangia is a tower
in Siena, in the
Tuscany region of Italy.
1325-1344, it is located in the Piazza del Campo, Siena's premier square,
adjacent to the Palazzo
Torre del Mangia
When built it was one of the tallest secular
towers in mediaeval Italy. At 102 m, it is now
second only to Cremona's Torrazzo.
(meaning "Tower of the
Eater") derives from its first guardian, Giovanni di Balduccio
for his tendency to spend all his money for
The upper part was realized by Agostino di Giovanni under design by
one Mastro Lippo pittore
, probably identifiable with
The marble loggia, known as Cappella di Piazza
, was added
in 1352 as a vow for the Holy Virgin by the Sienese survivors from
the Black Death
. The pilaster were
remade in the current form in 1378, the sculptures decorating them
being executed in 1378-1382 by Mariano d'Angelo Romanelli e
Bartolomeo di Tommé. The simple wooden ceiling once covering the
loggia was replaced by the current Renaissance marble vault in
1461-1468 by Antonio Federighi
also author of the bizarre decorations of the coronation. In
1537-1539 Il Sodoma
painted a fresco over
the altar, now housed in the Town museum in the Palazzo
The clock was added in 1360.
The tower is visible from all parts of Siena and is adjacent to the
was built to be the exact same height as the Duomo di Siena as a sign that the church and the state had equal
amounts of power.
The walls of the tower are approximatelty 11 ft. thick on each
side. The stairwell up to the top of the tower is cramped and most
visitors need to duck their heads at some point on the way up the
tower. There is little room for two way traffic on the stairs, so
only 25 visitors at a time are allowed to enter the tower.
Joseph Chamberlain Memorial Clock
Tower (nicknamed Old Joe) at the University of
Birmingham, UK, was inspired by the Torre del Mangia, and couples
a similar design with Victorian redbrick styles.
clock tower designed by McKim,
Mead & White can be seen in Waterbury,
Connecticut in the United States.
Completed in 1909 it formerly housed the
city's train station, and is now headquarters to the region's local
Monument at Provincetown,
Massachusetts, designed by Willard
between 1907 and 1910 to commemorate the first landing of the
in Provincetown on
The monument is the tallest all-granite structure in the United
States, the design patterned after the Torre del Mangia.
The "Pine Street Inn" in Boston Massachusetts, formerly a fire
station, is also modeled after the Torre del Mangia.
Image:Siena-Torre.jpg|Detail of the upper part of the
viewImage:Siena.Torre.loggia02.jpg|Statues on the
loggiaimage:Siena.Torre.loggia01.jpg|The Cappella di
Monument, Provincetown, Massachusetts, designed after the