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Leaning Tower Of Pisa

History

The Leaning Tower of Pisa is a world renowned architectural wonder located in the town of Pisa in Italy. A freestanding bell tower, it stands out from the primarily cathedral backdrop of the city it is in, and is popular for being tilted to one side, a tilt that was unintended at the time of construction. Located just behind the cathedral, it is the third oldest monument in the Cathedral Square or the Piazza del Duomo, the other two being the Cathedral and the Baptistry.

The famous tilting of the tower started at the very onset of its construction, as the ground on which its construction began proved to be too soft, thus offering inadequate support to its weight. The subsequent decades following the towers construction saw a gradual increase in its tilt, until finally when it was finally corrected in the late 20th and early 21st centuries.{para] Today the tower stands at a height of 55.86 m on its lower side and 56.70 m on its higher side. The tower is estimated to weigh close to 14,500 metric tons. It houses 294 or 296 steps, depending on the path you choose, as north facing staircase on its seventh floor has two fewer steps. In the years preceding the restoration work, the tower had a tilt of 5.5 degrees, which now stands corrected to about 3.99 degrees, due to which its top is 3.9 metres away from where it should have been, had the tilt not existed. The tower has been the sight of several historic events. It is believed that Galileo Galilei dropped two cannon balls of different masses from the tower to demonstrate a difference in their speeds, although the only source of this tale is the secretary of Galileo.

Best time to visit

Although it is beautiful all year round, June is the best month to visit Pisa.

Trivia

Controversy surrounds the real identity of the architect of the Leaning Tower of Pisa, originally believed to be designed by Guglielmo and Bonanno Pisano, a12th-century artist of Pisa, although recent studies have indicated Diotisalvi to be the original architect.

Timing

January and December: 10:00am - 4:30pm (last ascent)

February and November: 9:30am - 5:30pm (last ascent)

March: 9:00am - 5:30pm (last ascent)

April to September: 8:30am - 8:00pm (last ascent) Exceptional night openings from June 16 to August 31: 8:30am - 11:00pm (last ascent)


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