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The leaning tower, (Torre de Incinada de Pisa)

The leaning tower of Pisa is undoubtedly one of the main attractions of Pisa, a true symbol of the city. It is part of the architectural ensemble of the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, located on the famous Field of Miracles, Campo dei Miracoli in Pisa. In 1986 the whole ensemble, including the tower, the Cathedral, the baptistery and the cemetery Campo Santo, was included in the UNESCO world Cultural Heritage site by UNESCO.

Architecture the leaning tower of Pisa

The tower was completed in 1360: the height of the structure is 55,86 to 56.7 meters, a base diameter equal to 15.54 meters. To the top of the Leaning tower, inclined at an angle almost in 4º, are 294 steps. Interestingly, the author of the project of the tower still remains unknown. It is well established that the construction was carried out in two stages: it began in 1173 and lasted almost two centuries, ending, as mentioned above, in 1360. The first floor of the tower is made of white cupcakes and surrounded by pillars with classical capitals that rest on the blind arches. It was once thought that the famous tilting tower was conceived in the project, but today, experts are of the opinion that this architectural mistake: the combination of small foundations and the soft soil was the reason that after the construction of the third floor of the tower dangerously leaning.

Roll tower

It's this tilt, as well as the original design of the tower, from the very beginning made her the object of universal attention. From school physics course everyone knows about the experiments of the great Galileo, who was dropped from the top of the leaning tower of Pisa with different mass. However, some historians consider this fact a legend, based on the fact that Galileo himself did not mention about public experiences. Today we look at the architectural wonder visited by millions of tourists.

In order to save it from collapse one of the main attractions of Italy, constantly taking different actions. So, the crumbling columns of the first floor have repeatedly replaced. Regularly works on strengthening of the Foundation. From 2002 to 2010, the tower was under restoration, in which the tilt angle was reduced from 5º30 to 3º54.

Note

  • Location: Piazza del Duomo, Pisa.
  • Opening hours: summer daily 08.30-20.30, winter 09.00-17.00.
  • Tickets: tickets cost 18 euros.