Leaning Tower of Pisa





Leaning Tower of Pisa

The famous Leaning Tower of Pisa is located in the town of the same name. This tower stands on a grassy field known as "Square of Miracles". Pisa is a small town in Italy with a population of about 91,000 and it is located in the beautiful region of Tuscany.

The Leaning Tower of Pisa is known worldwide for its nearly four-degree lean as a result of an unstable foundation. The tower is situated behind the Pisa Cathedral and is the third oldest structure in the city's Cathedral Square (Piazza del Duomo).

 Measurements and other facts

- The height of the tower is 55.86 meters or 183.27 feet from the ground on the low side and 56.67 meters or 185.93 feet on the high side.

- The width of the walls at the base is 2.44 meters or 8 ft 0.06 in.

- Its weight is estimated at 14,500 metric tons.

- The tower has 296 or 294 steps; the seventh floor has two fewer steps on the north-facing staircase.

- In 1990 the tower leaned at an angle of 5.5 degrees, but following remedial work between 1993 and 2001 this was reduced to 3.97 degrees, reducing the overhang by 45 cm at a cost of £200m. It lost a further 4 cm of tilt in the two decades to 2018.

Architecture style → The leaning Tower of Pisa is a medieval architecture, in Romanesque style.

Construction time → The construction of Tower of Pisa began in 1173 and was completed in the 14th century, in 1399

Design → It is considered that the architects and engineers who designed the leaning Tower of Pisa are: Bonanno Pisano, Gherardo di Gherardo, Giovanni Pisano, Giovanni di Simone.

Address:

Piazza del Duomo, 56126 Pisa, PI, Italy

Coordinates:

43.722952, 10.396576

Cities near by (travel time is by car. It takes longer to travel by train): Lucca 25 minutes,  Florence 2 hours, Genoa 2 hours, Milan 3 hours 15 minutes, Venice 3 hours 30 minutes, Rome 4 hours.

Visitors are allowed to climb all the way to the top of the tower and the cost to enter is about 8 Euros. The spiral walk upstairs has windows on some of the floors so you can look outside while you stop to catch your breath. Once at the top, you will encounter bells surrounding the center. These bells are tuned to musical scale, clockwise. After a few moments of admiring these bells, you get amazed by magnificent view of the city below.





Sources:

http://www.towerofpisa.org/leaning-tower-of-pisa-facts/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leaning_Tower_of_Pisa

https://leaningtowerpisa.com/facts/where/where-is-pisa-leaning-tower

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