Everyone knows that there is a leaning tower in Italy that is worth knowing not only for this "characteristic", but also for its beauty. We are going to tell you the story of the Tower of Pisa and some curiosities, so you know everything about her before visiting her.
The tower of Pisa, inclined from conception
The Leaning Tower of Pisa is in the Plaza del Duomo, in fact it is the bell tower of the cathedral of this wonderful city of Tuscany (whose capital is Florence). Construction began in August 1173 and from the beginning it began to lean.Pisa Tower - Byjeng
The works were developed in three stages over 177 years. As for the architect of the work, it is a mystery. Some indicate that it was Guglielmo, an artist of the city, but others attribute it to Diotisalv (architect of the Baptistery).
The first problems
After the completion of the third floor (year 1178) the tower of Pisa leaned three meters north because the foundations were weak and the ground unstable. The works ceased for a century and in that period the floor settled, fortunately, since otherwise the building would have collapsed.
In 1272 the project was resumed by Fernando di Vincenzo, who added four more plants, with a certain angle that counteracts the inclination. Again the works had to be interrupted in 1284.Pisa Tower - Patryk Kosmider
In 1372 the last floor of the bell tower was built, and seven bells were placed (one for each musical note). This section was devised by Tommasso di Andrea Pisano. But it would take a little longer for it to be finished: in 1655 the largest bell was placed.
"We shape our buildings, then they shape us."
- Winston Churchill -
Problems and solutions
The tower never stopped leaning, in fact One of the big problems is that despite its height, more than 50 meters, its foundations are barely three deep. And to this were added other circumstances, such as the excavation of a road around the base to make it visible, which caused a flood and an increase in its inclination.Pisa Tower -Samot
Between 1964 and 1990 a group of engineers, historians and mathematicians worked to stabilize the construction. In the 90s it was decided to close access to the public for security reasons, until 2001 when they allegedly stabilized the deviation.
For it they included 800 tons of lead to counterbalance and removed ground from the base. It is believed that it will not tilt for at least 200 years and will remain as in 1700: with almost 4 meters of inclination.
Climb the Tower of Pisa
Since a few years ago, tourists were allowed access again, we cannot miss the opportunity to climb to the top of the famous tower. A tower included in the monumental complex formed, which also includes the Duomo and the Baptistery.
You must keep in mind that the rows to access are long(in high season you can wait three hours). The good news is that in addition to purchasing tickets at the box office of the Plaza de los Milagros you can also buy them online (the site is only in Italian and English).Pisa tower - pandapaw
The groups leave every half hour and when you buy the ticket they tell you what time you can upload. You cannot stay indoors for more than 30 minutes, therefore we recommend that you be punctual
And very important is to arrive with strength, because to reach the highest you will have to climb no less than 300 steps. But the reward is wonderful. From the viewpoint of the bell tower you will have incredible views of the city, the cathedral and the square. Therefore, it is worth the wait, the strict schedule and the difficult stairs.