Leaning Tower of Pisa: History behind the world famed attraction

Posted in Europe | April 19, 2010 | 0 Comments

With very little purpose of building a gigantic tower, this is indeed a mystery of fate that the Leaning Tower of Pisa is actually leaning slowly. The Leaning Tower of Pisa is also known as just the Tower of Pisa. It is a freestanding bell tower of the Italian city of Pisa’s cathedral. The Leaning Tower of Pisa is located at the rear of the Cathedral. The Tower of Pisa is the third oldest structure in the Cathedral Square of Pisa, which is also called as Piazza del Duomo, after the Cathedral and Baptistry.

It is not the actual architectural plan of building the tower slightly leaned, but it is something, which could be blamed to the bad quality of architectural work. The foundations of the Tower were poorly laid and this resulted into the incorporation of name as the Leaning Tower of Pisa. The tower started leaning during the construction in the year 1173 towards the southeast direction. The reason behind leaning the tower is not only due to poorly laid foundation, but is also because of the loose substrate that allowed the foundation to move its direction.

Today, the Leaning Tower of Pisa is a big debate and is also an irony that the so old structure is still surviving without any damage. There is a deep history regarding the tower and its shifting position. The tower at the lowest side has an elevation of 55.86 metres right from the ground and has 56.70 metres on the highest side. Measuring the width of the walls from the base, it is 4.09 metres and at the top, it is 2.48 metres. As the wonder is so huge, you can think about its weight. Well, the weight of the tower is expected at some 14,500 metric tons.

With 296 or 294 steps, the tower is a world famous attraction known by every individual. Due to the restoration work done between the years 1990 and 2001, the tower today is leaning at an angle of 3.99 degrees instead of 5.5 degrees. This indicates that the top of the tower is of 3.9 metres. The Tower of Pisa is an ancient attraction and was a work of art, which was performed in 3 different stages over an era of nearly 177 years. The first floor is constructed out of white marble campanile, which is something unique while exploring.

When the construction of the tower was progressed until third floor, it started leaning at one direction. The Leaning Tower of Pisa is a major attraction in Italy where you can reach through the Galileo Galilei Airport at Pisa, Amerigo Vespucci Airport at Florence, Leonardo da vinci Fiumicino Airport at Rome, and Ciampino Airport at Rome. So you have many sources to reach and experience the magnificent and brilliant attraction. The Tower of Pisa, as a huge bell tower, is the world-renowned ancient attraction due to its leaning behavior. There are total eight segments, which contains the base, six arcades, and a belfry.

The rhomboid decorations beneath the arches are very much fascinating. It becomes more fascinating due to its inlaid that is decorated with the colored marbles. You can see every single marble contains rosette in the respite at the centre. Towards the sides of the portal, you will get friezes that are adorned with art of animals and also imaginary beasts. You can get access at the belfry through a narrow spiral staircase. So if you are interested to explore the ancient monuments and structures then no doubt, Italy has much more to offer you. Just head to the Pisa, explore, and experience the Leaning structure that has been standing at one position without tilting further.

Well, once the tower started tilting, it got huge attention from all over the world. Even today, people do not miss to know whether the tower has tilted slightly or not. The precaution taken to stop tilting the tower is a good attempt to preserve and let live the amazing and excellent architectural world.

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