Slate tower of Pisa

the 'inclined tower of Pisa ' (Toskana, Italy) is not the only inclined building of the world, probably however the most well-known.

Der schiefe Turm von Pisa neben dem Dom
The inclined tower of Pisa beside the cathedral
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the towerwas planned as free standing bell tower (Campanile) for the cathedral in Pisa. The Grundsteinlegung of the tower found to 9. August 1173 instead of. The tower had few years after commencement of construction, when the straight three lower floors were finished, already oneInclination direction southeast. Thereupon the building was interrupted for approximately 100 years. The next four floors were then built diagonally, in order to adjust the inclination. Afterwards the building had to be again interrupted, until 1372 finally also the bell room were terminated. ThatTower has seven bells, which were not allowed to ring however longer time because of the collapse danger.

The inclination of the tower is based on the underground, which deforms under the weight. It stands for newest excavations to consequence at the edge of a former islanddirectly beside an antique, to the construction period already harbor basins landed.

That the Galileo Galilei originating from Pisa is to have discovered the Fallgesetze with attempts on the tower, is a legend.

The tower became the landmark of the city. In the year 1987became from the tower, the neighbouring cathedral, to which Baptisterium explains and from the cemetery existing ensemble of the UNESCO as the world cultural heritage.

Of 7. January 1990 on had to become the 14,500 tons heavy tower for visitors closed, there thoseInclination became too dangerous. After 12-jährigen measures of reorganization, with which the tower was put up 44 centimeters, it is since that 15. December 2001 again for tourists opened.

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coordinates: 43° 43 ' 23,83 " N, 10° 23 ' 47,37 " O


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