The Tilt Of The Leaning Tower Of Pisa Is Now Slightly Smaller
There are many famous locations throughout Italy. Some of the more notable are the Coliseum in Rome, Saint Mark’s Basilica in Venice, or the ancient Roman city of Pompeii. While these places are great to visit, one of the weirdest within Italy has to be the Leaning Tower of Pisa.
The Leaning Tower of Pisa is a freestanding bell tower located in the city of Pisa, Italy. While there seems to be a purpose to the tilt of the tower, it was actually an accident caused by inadequate foundation placed before construction of the iconic tower began.
While it’s fun to take pictures of the tower and appear to be holding up, the lean poses a danger to the general public and the surrounding area. If it goes any further the direction it is leaning, it could tear up the ground at its base, causing more damage.
Efforts to lessen the angle of the lean began in 1993, with the location being close to the public till 2001. Over the course of those twenty years, by using hundreds of tons of lead counterweights, engineers were able to shave an amazing 17 inches from the lean in the Tuscan bell tower.
It has taken about twenty years to do so, but with all the work done to help correct the lean, it has recovered a full 1.57 inches.
Nunziante Squeglia, the international committee that monitors the tilt stated: “while the progressive recovery of the tilt is good news, the overall health of the structure is more important.”
The Leaning Tower of Pisa was first began in 1173, but construction was not fully completed until the year 1372. It stands at a height of 183.3 feet and is made of marble and stone.
Altogether, the bell tower weighs a whopping 14,500 metric tons. To put that into perspective, you would need a little 20 ½ Christ the Redeemer statues from Rio De Janeiro just to equal how heavy it is.