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Mangia Tower; Torre del Mangia; Siena, Italy

Torre del Mangia or Mangia Tower is said to be named after its first guardian, an individual who spent a great deal of his money on food.  It was built from 1325 to 1344.  The Tower of the Eater is built to the same height as the Cathedral of Siena in an effort to demonstrate the equal powers of church and state.  Tower walls are about 11 feet thick.  There is a narrow staircase that goes up the tower’s interior.  The marble cap was added in l352 by grateful survivors of the Black Death.  The tower is located in the Piazza del Campo and next to the  town hall or Palazzo Publico in Siena.

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