The leaning tower of Pisa – the famous clock tower in the Italian city of Pisa is a so-called “Campanile”, placed behind the majestic cathedral Duomo di Pisa. The construction of the leaning tower took more than 200 years to finish once it started in 1173.
Name: Tower of Pisa, Leaning Tower of Pisa, Bell Tower of Pisa
Italian Name: Torre Pendente di Pisa
Location: City of Pisa, Italy.
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Construction Year: started in 1173, finished in 1399
Original Height: 60 m
Actual Height: 56.67m =highest side; 55,86m =lowest side
Stairs: 251 steps
The land of Pisa is marshy – a fact that was not taken into consideration when building it. It wasn’t until the second story was being built that the tower began to sink on one side. As construction continued the builders tried to offset their mistake by adding taller columns and arches on the south side of the tower. But by the time they reached the fourth story (out of a planned 8) they had to make the arches on the south side a full two inches taller than those on the north and the tower still continued to lean.
The tower has survived centuries of well-meaning but misguided attempts to right it, including various engineers who added levels and arches of all different heights and one overzealous group who dug around the tower to open an underground tour (which only helped to fill the area with even more water). But someone finally got it right in the 21st century and as of 2001, the tower was officially declared stable for at least the next 200 years.