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Leaning Tower of Pisa

Pisa, Italy
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Zoila Moya

on 14 November 2012

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Pisa, Italy Leaning Tower of Pisa Leaning Tower
of Pisa Tower of Pisa (Torre di Pisa) is the campanile, or freestanding bell tower. It is located in the Italian town of Pisa, one of the most visited European cities, known worldwide for its unintended tilt to one side. It is one of the most remarkable architectural structures from medieval Europe. It is situated behind the
Cathedral and is the
third oldest structure
in Pisa's Cathedral
Square (Piazza del
Duomo) after the
Cathedral and the
Baptistry. The height of the tower is 55.86 m(183.27 ft) from
the ground on the low side and 56.70 m (186.02 ft) on the high side. The width of the walls at the base is 4.09 m (13.42 ft) and at the top 2.48 m (8.14 ft). Its weight is estimated at 14,500 metric tons (16,000 short tons). The tower has 296 steps. by Zoila Moya Why is the Tower of Pisa known worldwide?
Why is the tower tilt to one side?
How many bells does the tower has?
What is the name of the biggest bell?
When was the seventh floor completed? The tower's tilt began during construction, caused by an inadequate foundation on ground too soft on one side to properly support the structure's weight. The tilt increased in the decades before the structure was completed. Construction of the tower occurred in three stages across 344 years. On August 9, 1173, the foundations of the Tower were laid. Work on the ground floor of the white marble campanile began on August 14, 1173, during a period of military success and prosperity. The seventh floor was completed in 1319. It was built by Tommaso di Andrea Pisano. The Tower has 7 bells. The oldest bell is La Pasquereccia or La Giustizia, and the biggest bell is the L'Assunta (La Asunta), weight 3,620 kg (7,981 lb). L'Assunta bell La Pasquereccia bell Until recent years tourists were not allowed to climb the staircase inside the tower, due to consolidation work. The Leaning Tower of Pisa is actually simply Campanile di Santa Maria or Campanile del Duomo ("belltower of St.Mary" or "belltower of the Cathedral") being the church dedicated to the Assumption of St.Mary. Nowadays everybody refer it simply as "The tower of Pisa" or "The leaning tower", but it is not a name. The End :D
Thanks for your attention(:
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