Construction on the tower began in 1174 by Bonanno Pisano. However, the tower was not completed until 1350. Building was halted several times due to war.
The tower is nearly 8 stories tall, measuring 186 feet from base to tip. The tower leans at almost 4 degrees and is 3 feet shorter on the leaning side. There are 294 spiraled steps leading to the top.
The Leaning Tower of Pisa is a bell tower that houses seven bells. It was built to demonstrate the wealth and power of Pisa.
Torre Pendente Di Pisa is located in Pisa, Italy, in the Piazza dei Miracoli.
The tower has leaned in different directions over the centuries. From 1173 to 1250, it leaned to the north, and from 1272 to 1997, it leaned to the south.
The reason behind the tower's lean is that it is built on a poor foundation. The base was not anchored very deep, and it rests on a bed of dry stone. Vibrations through the surrounding earth cause the foundation to shift.
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