The Leaning Tower of Pisa is in Italy’s Tuscany region in the city of Pisa. The tower is part of a complex known as the Square of Miracles that includes the Cathedral of Pisa, the Baptistery, a cemetery and the Bell Tower (leaning tower of Pisa).
The construction of the Tower of Pisa began in 1173 but was not completed until 1372. The tower was not designed to lean but during the construction of the tower it started leaning because the foundation was built on soft ground and the project was put on hold. After a 100 year break the construction of the tower resumed and the architects tried to correct the leaning by making the tower taller on one side. This makes the tower height uneven with the highest side being 56.67 meters (185.9 ft.) and the lower side being 55.86 (183.25 ft.) meters. This compensation can be seen in the photo below if you look closely.
The tower is a circular design with an outside diameter at the base of 15.48 meters (50.8 ft.). The tower has eight floors including the camber for the bells that was built using 211 arches. The ground floor consists of 15 large marble arches and each of the next six floors have 30 smaller arches. The top floor is the bell chamber and it is smaller in diameter with 16 small arches. To reach the bell chamber there is a spiral staircase on the inside with 251 steps.
Is the tower in danger of falling?
No, the Leaning Tower of Pisa is currently stable. The tower was leaning 5.5 degrees and there was a concern that the tower could fall but in 1990 restoration work started and now the tower now only leans 4 degrees.
The leaning Tower of Pisa is one of the world’s most famous tourist attractions because leaning towers are rare. It is also one of the world’s most recognizable buildings in the world and its medieval Romanesque style architecture is beautiful!
The Leaning Tower of Pisa is just one of three notable buildings in the Square of Miracles the other two are Cathedral of Pisa and the Baptistery. These buildings are shown in the photos below.
The Baptistery of Pisa is a large circular building that was built before the Tower of Pisa and just like the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the baptistery also has a very distinct oddity. The dome on the baptistery is covered with two different materials. The side of the dome that is facing the sea is covered with red tiles and the side of the dome facing east is covered with lead plates. This strange architectural design is shown in the previous photo and in the two photos below.