Leaning Beauty – The Leaning Tower Of Pisa

The Leaning Tower of Pisa or simply the Tower of Pisa (Torre di Pisa) in Italy is known for its tilt, even after the years of tilt. It is still standing with its bent stance. Although there is no consensus for the reason the tilt but its generally believed to be due to the soft ground it has been built on. While the amount of tilt has changed over the years, the tilt has been controlled by correcting efforts from 1980s to early 2000s. Another interesting piece of information related to this tower is its architect. No one sure about the architect, the tilt might have something to do with this. Historians most believe its  Guglielmo or Bonanno Pisano, both were the master architects of the time. This hunt for the original architect still continues today, as of 2001, Diotisalvi was said to be the architect.

Other than the tilt, the tower comes with some interesting history, the tower has survived multiple scares, it survived the world wars and in 1964 the unthinkable almost happened. In an effort to correct the tilt, the Italian Government worsen the tilt, there were some voices calling for toppling the towers for safety reasons. As the ground near the tower softens even more, a group of engineers were called in. A solution was thought, to balance the tower with lead counterweights, 800 tonnes of them. Even after the placements of the counterweights, the towers continued to move around, it was only in the year of 2008. After major engineering additions and counterweight placements, the tower has been stabilized, and it is said that it will stable for another 200 years.  As far as surviving the war is concerned, the towers were also missed by bombings during the wars mostly due to the fact there no relevant military installations in the vicinity.

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