Monday, June 11, 2012

The Leaning Tower of Pisa

When i was a kid i used to love it i dont know exactly why, I suppose i liked it because it is leaning at one side. So i thought it would be a nice subject for this blog-post. 
First of all some pictures:

This tower in Pisa is famous because it leans even if it was designed to be perfectly vertical!
This leaning started during construction processes. But leaning or no leaning this would still be one of the most beautiful constructions in Europe. 
Tower of Pisa is more accurately referred to as the bell tower, or campanile. The Pisa tower is one of the four buildings that make up the cathedral complex in Pisa, Italy, called Campo dei Miracoli or Piazza dei Miracoli, which means Field of Miracles.
The Leaning Tower of Pisa is the piazza's crowning glory. Although only a third as high as the Washington Monument, it was a miracle of medieval engineering, probably the tallest bell towers in Europe.
The leaning Tower of Pisa was designed as a circular bell tower that would stand 185 feet high. It is constructed of white marble. The tower has eight stories, including the chamber for the bells.
The bottom story consists of 15 marble arches. Each of the next six stories contains 30 arches that surround the tower. The final story is the bell chamber itself, which has 16 arches. There is a 297 step spiral staircase inside the tower leading to the top.

Many ideas have been suggested to straighten the Tower of Pisa, including taking it apart stone by stone and rebuilding it at a different location. In the 1920s the foundations of the tower were injected with cement grouting that has stabilized the tower to some extent.

I hope you enjoyed the post please fell free to comment.

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