Pisa, a city situated in Italy wins all laurels for its gigantic monument, the Leaning Tower. In Italian, the leaning tower of Pisa is known as ‘Torre pendente di Pisa’. The city is home to numerous leaning towers but the most famous of it is the Leaning Tower of Pisa. The Leaning Tower of Pisa is one of the world’s greatest spot for tourist’s photographs. It’s Italy’s most beloved architectural monument. It took over two centuries to build the historic leaning tower. The structure is a perfect example of what we call “Creation is not always perfect “.
Quick Fun facts about the Leaning Tower of Pisa
- The Tower was constructed in the year 1173 and was completed in 1399. The tower stands at 60 meters height and leaning about a 10-degree angle until 1990.
- The leaning tower has got 8 floors. The tower is made up of white marble and has arched columns up to 7th floor.
- There are total 294 staircases
- The top floor of the tower contains 7 large bells.
- The structure of the leaning tower is that of the Romanesque style.
- The Leaning Tower is the third oldest building on Pisa’s Piazza del Duomo (cathedral square)
History: How the Bell Tower became the Leaning Tower of Pisa?
Behind such a famous tower lies a history, which answers all unanswered questions. Here are the answers to all your questions.
The tower of Pisa is one of the religious building of the city. After 100 years of its constructions in 1272, four more floors were added to the tower. The construction was halted again in the year 1284 due to the war. Till now no one has named the exact architect of the leaning tower and the mystery continues. However, the second construction of the tower in the year 1275 was constructed by Giovani di Simone. The architect who finally completed the work of the leaning tower in the year 1372 was Tommaso Pisano. The leaning of the Pisa tower was noted during the first phase of its construction in the year 1173. The tower leaned due to the shifting of the soil from the ground.
There’s more than just the Leaning Tower of Pisa
Other than the Leaning Tower of Pisa there are other famous buildings and churches in Italy. The tourists are mostly attracted towards Bologna Tower, Camposanto, Pisa Duomo and many other places. Once you have visited the Leaning tower then admire the other monuments in Pisa such as the Cathedral and the Baptistery, Clock Palace. Piazza dei Miracoli is home to the Leaning Tower of Pisa. This place was declared as a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is one of the most popular tourist destination in Pisa. It was named as the Piazza of miracles.
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