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The Leaning Tower of Pisa

August 9, 2011

Today I’m taking you to the old town of Pisa, and to be more precise, to its beautiful Piazza del Duomo, also known as the Cathedral Square, with its famous Leaning Tower.

Its history goes back to 1173, when the construction of the tower began. At that time Pisa was a thriving republic, and the nobility wanted to commemorate its military success and prosperity by erecting an impressive marble and limestone tower. However, due to repeated military disputes in the history of Pisa, the construction of the Leaning Tower ended only 177 years later, which actually was not a bad thing at all. The soils, in which the foundation of the tower was set, were so weak and unstable that it ended up leaning toward the ground. And hadn’t the authorities taken the involuntary break, the tower would have most certainly fallen down.

Today the Leaning Tower of Pisa is inclining four meters (13 feet) away from where its top is supposed to be. In the end of the last century the tower underwent a major fortification of its foundation, which allowed it to remain the popular tourist eye candy that it is today.

Besides the tower, the old town of Pisa features a wonderful Cathedral and genuine medieval streets with buildings that all have their own stories behind them. If you ever decide to visit Pisa, you’ll be amazed by the magical energy that surrounds this place. Make sure to go up to the observation deck of the Leaning Tower for a magnificent view of the city, but allow several hours for the waiting time.

Next post–Florence!

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6 Comments
  1. Awesome photos and brilliant architecture! Really enjoy your post. You certainly did a good job of holding up that leaning tower building.Thanks for sharing!

  2. Thanks Bercton! I tried to do my best =)

  3. I was able to do a quick pit-stop in Pisa on my trip to Italy. I just had to have one of those photos of me holding up the leaning tower ;)
    Yours is very cute!

  4. Thanks Annette! Mine was also just a day trip, but it was so worth it!

  5. Nice photos, your tower photo is very cute. I like that you stood up on the pillar for yours.

  6. Thanks Faith! I had to take one of those touristy shots =)

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