Information on the Leaning Tower of Pisa

Information on the Leaning Tower of Pisa
The Leaning Tower of Pisa, or Torre Pendente Di Pisa as it is known in Italy, is one of the most popular tourist sites in Italy. Tourists from around the world flock to marvel at its slight lean.
 

History

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.

 
 

Size

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.

Function

The Leaning Tower of Pisa is a bell tower that houses seven bells. It was built to demonstrate the wealth and power of Pisa.

Location

Torre Pendente Di Pisa is located in Pisa, Italy, in the Piazza dei Miracoli.

Misconceptions

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.

Expert Insight

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.

 

Article Written By Feletia Lee

Feletia Lee is a writer in Fort Worth, Texas. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in creative writing from the University of North Texas in 2008. While at university, she also studied history and anthropology. Currently, Lee is writing for Demand Studios and Examiner.com.

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