Sometimes, mistakes become symbol of pride, if you doubt then there you go!!!!
The Leaning Tower or simply the Tower of Pisa is a Bell tower of the Cathedral of Pisa, Italy, known worldwide for its unintended tilt to one side.
It became a World Heritage Site in 1987 and is the 3rd oldest structure in Pisa’s Cathedral Square after the Cathedral and the Baptistry.
The Leaning Tower of Pisa took 344 years (including pauses) and 199 years (excluding pauses) to build.
Construction started in 1173.
The tilt began during construction of the 2nd floor in 1178 due to the soft land that had difficulty in bearing a heavy structure then the tilt kept on increasing and reached an angle of 5.5 degrees but in the late 20th and early 21st centuries, it was partially set and now leans at about 3.99 degrees.
The tower is 55.86m from the ground on the low side and 56.67m on the high side.
The width of the walls at the base is 2.44m.
It weighs almost 14, 500metric tons
The tower has 296 or 294 steps; the 7th floor has two fewer steps.
For many years, the design was attributed to Guglielmo and Bonanno Pisano, a well-known resident artist of Pisa and a piece of cast with his name was discovered at the foot of the tower in 1820, but this may be related only to the bronze door in the façade of the cathedral that was destroyed in 1595.
Whatever, now recent study declares Diotisalvi as the original architect but he used to signed his works, and there is no signature by him in the bell tower.
There are 7 bells inside the tower, one for each note of the musical major scale.
The largest one was installed in 1655.
The bell-chamber was finally added in 1372.
Tower of Pisa has 8 floors.
The Tower of Pisa is known as Torre Pendente di Pisa in Italian.
The Leaning Tower of Pisa is one of the most remarkable architectural structures from medieval Europe
It was designed to be perfectly vertical.
It was to stand 185ft high.
It’s of white Marble.
In the 1920s the foundations of the tower were injected with cement to stable it.
The Tower was closed to the public in 1989 but later, reopened in 2001 after renovations.
Engineers removed more than 70 metric tons of soil in 2008 and said that it’s the first time in history that tower has stabilized and stopped moving.
The top of the Leaning Tower can be reached by climbing 294 steps inside the Tower.
The construction was stopped twice, the first time for 100 years, the second time in 1284. Both times it was due to wars.
The halt of 100 years in construction was fruitful as it was a chance for Tower to get settle or it would have fallen.
The Tower has been leaning for approx 840 years.
In 2008 engineers stated that the Tower has stopped moving and will be stable for next 200 years.
The Leaning Tower of Pisa became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987.
Some people have suggested that the tower should be straightened but the people of Pisa said, they would rather see it fall over than be straightened. After all, how could you call it, the Leaning Tower of Pisa if it didn’t lean??
I’d definitely support those smart people and suggest you to Go and experience this site before it falls or straightens……. =D