Tower of Pisa

Italy has a “monument” called Italian Pisa. I quote the word monument since they say it’s more like a mystery instead of a monument. They say this because nobody exactly knows who built it. Italian people assume it was built by Etruscan civilization. However, there are scientists, who believe that ancient Greeks or Ligures built Pisa.

Pisa is famous for Torre Pendente di Pisa; The Leaning Tower of Pisa. It’s so famous that it outshines all other Pisa tourist attractions and monuments combined. Locals call it the “long-drawn miracle”. It is located at Piazza dei Miracoli. Construction of the Leaning Tower took almost two centuries to be done.  They know that the construction started August 9th, 1173. 

According to one of the theories, the project belongs to some architect by the name of Bonanno Pisano, who discovered his mistake only after they finished the ground floor (11 meters high). By this I mean the tower was vertical. The architect aborted the construction (or has been kicked out, according to other version), fled the city, and spent the rest of his life in poverty and obscurity. Non of the architectures involved was able to straighten the tower at its foundation level. Only its upper part, built in the second half of the 14th century, looks more or less straight.

It is still a mystery to modern architects, why the tower is leaning. Some theories say that it is due to a misplaced water pump, difference in soil density, or insufficient funding reason. After the corrective reconstruction was finished in 2010, the angle of the Leaning Tower of Pisa decreased from 5°30′ to 3°54′ degrees.

Besides everything said it’s a good question why is the tower leand like it’s falling. It is still amazing how it looks and I haven’t even seen it in person. I would love to see it as some of my friends have. Tourists always take amazing and funny pictures with the tower.

Really-interesting-facts-608x1024 image2a Here are some pictures of the beautiful Tower of Pisa.


One thought on “Tower of Pisa

  1. judithgarcia says:

    Buona sera Stephanie,
    I have always found the Tower of Pisa fascinating and intriguing! I have not been there but I would love to climb it and to experience the unique feeling of being out of balance, 🙂 I am not even sure if this disproportion is actually felt or sensed by the visitors, 🙂

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