The leaning tower of Pisa is no doubt one of the most famous constructions in Italy, and certainly, the one that makes the city of Pisa well-known to the world.
The leaning tower of Pisa dates back to more than 700 years ago, where due to a miscalculation in the foundation for supporting the tower, the tower began tilting during construction. Halfway through, construction work was halted for a good 100 years as the people thought that the ground soil would finally settle and become stable enough to hold the heavyweight tower. That and also interruption from the war with Genoa.
In fact, this wasn’t the only hiatus that the tower’s construction took. Over the next two hundred years, the tower went through several more work-in-progresses and halts due to the constantly ongoing wars that Italy underwent and mainly because various architects stepped in with attempts to “fix” the tower’s “leaning problem”, only to cause it to lean even more.
Finally, in the year 1372, the 7-story tower of Pisa was completed. You’d think that would be it, but no. Over the next hundreds of years, people kept finding means to ensure that the Tower stays strong without eventually falling over.
Eventually, the tower was closed to visitors in 1990 for more stabilizing effort, where the top bells were removed and the grounds were anchored. In 2011, the tower was reopened to the public stronger and safer than ever. Now, visitors are even allowed to go all the way to the top floor.
The long history of this tower, where it withstood various periods of wars, errors, and rectification made by humans in math and construction long before the existence of advanced technology, are the exact reasons why this tower is so magnificent. Of course, not forgetting the fact that this intricately designed and medieval tower is pretty tilted, making it all the more special especially when the tilting was completely unplanned.
While we’re at it, the leaning tower of Pisa is not the only renowned historic architectural wonder within the vicinity. Along with the tower lies the Pisa Cathedral, Pisa Baptistery as well as the Camposanto Monumentale (Monumental Cemetery). These four architectural structures are located together in an area called the Piazza dei Miracoli (Square of Miracles) and are considered sacred and very highly regarded, even to this day.
Leaning Tower of Pisa
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