The Leaning Tower of Pisa

Is the Tower of Pisa the most-leaning tower in the world? Well, no more. For over 800 years the Tower of Pisa stood as the world’s most- leaning tower at a dangerous 10 degrees angle until 1990 and 3.9 degrees angle after the restorations, but by the end of 2010 Abu Dhabi’s ADNEC Capital Gate took the record with an inclination of 18 degrees! But please take note, Capital Gate’s inclination was “intentional” while that of the Tower of Pisa was never built to lean, so Guinness World Records staff created a new category for the Capital Gate.

The Leaning Tower of Pisa was built over a period of 177 years. It was built to display the wealth of the people of Pisa. During construction the tower started to lean because of its sandy foundation so the construction was left alone for a century. When they resumed the construction, the engineers tried to correct the lean by building higher floors with one side taller than the other.

The Square of Miracles, The Baptistery, The Camposanto, The Duomo and the Tower. In 1987 the whole square was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The Leaning Tower of Pisa is located in the city of Pisa, District of Tuscany, Italy and also called as the Bell Tower or Campanile. It is a part of Pisa’s Cathedral Square (Piazza del Duomo) or well known as the Square of Miracles which is compose of the The Baptistery, The Camposanto, The Duomo and the Tower.

The Duomo and the Leaning Tower

The Duomo and the Leaning Tower

Even if the lean has been controlled to avoid it from toppling down, the Tower is still undeniably one of the most remarkable architectural masterpieces from medieval Europe and a miracle of medieval engineering.

For more photos and info about the Field of Miracles, please check this link.

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