Leaning Tower of Pisa – Italy Part 4 of 7

It was possibly the most marvellous sight we had ever seen. As soon as we arrived, my jaw dropped! There is little else to see in Pisa as it is a very small city, and pretty much all we did was take photos; no one cares what you are doing and some even copied our poses!

At one point it crossed my mind that the tower angle looked to be at an eighty degree angle than we expected. We chose to not go into the Pisa tower building and museum and instead headed for Florence!

If you wonder why the tower is angled, interesting articles below:

Leaning Tower of Pisa straightens up – Restoration work on the famous Tuscan monument has corrected some of its perilous incline from http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2013/sep/24/leaning-tower-pisa-restoration-architecture[/embed]

History of the Leaning Tower of Pisa from http://topics.info.com/Leaning-Tower-of-Pisa_3976

No one knows the name of the architect who designed the Leaning Tower of Pisa, but historians do know that the building was designed to stand straight. Construction began on the building in 1173, but was halted after five years when workers noticed a significant tilt to the north. Only three stories of the tower had been erected at this time, so when work resumed, architects tried to fix the lean.

By 1272, however, the tower began leaning toward the south. Before they finished construction, architects again attempted to correct the lean by adding more steps on one side than on the other, which makes the building look like a banana when viewed from the side. With two long interruptions, it took 200 years to complete the construction of the Leaning Tower of Pisa. According to the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), the tilt was caused by silty alluvial soil that created a soft foundation.

 

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