The Leaning Tower of Pisa is a freestanding bell tower in the Italian city of Pisa. It does, as the name implies, tilt to one side. During construction, the tower began to tilt because the base was placed on soft ground that could not withstand the weight. The builders decided not to fix the problem but instead built up an area around the base, which now gives the impression that the tower is leaning.
In reality, the tower is standing upright, but it is the ground underneath it that is sloping. If you walk around the outside of the tower, you will see that the wall is not straight. It curves with the land on which it stands.
The tower's architect, Eluard di Capua, designed the structure to lean out from its base by about four inches (10 cm). The purpose was to make the tower taller and thus more imposing, since the original height of the tower was 60 feet (18 m) and it still is today except during festival times when it can be climbed for views over Pisa and its surrounding countryside.
The tower has been called Europe's most famous piece of urban graffiti. In 2011, artists applied paint to create a new image on the side of the tower every two days for several months following the launch of a new app developed by the municipality of Pisa that allows users to track the progress of this "urban renewal" project through photos uploaded to Facebook.
The Pisa Leaning Tower The Leaning Tower of Pisa (Italian: Torre Pendente di Pisa) or simply the Tower of Pisa (torre di 'pi: za; 'pi: sa) is the campanile, or freestanding bell tower, of the cathedral of the Italian city of Pisa, famous across the globe for its roughly four-degree lean caused by an unstable base. The tower was built between 1163 and 1230 and stands 49 meters (157 feet) high.
It is the largest and most famous landmark in Piazza dei Miracoli (Piazza del Miracle), which has been named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The name "Leaning Tower" is also applied to other tall buildings that may be leaning toward the point where they would collapse without intervention, such as the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France, and New York's Rockefeller Center.
In addition to being a major tourist attraction, the tower serves as a symbol of Pisa, especially after it was restored to its original shape following its completion in 1372. It is also used as a meeting place and location for photo shoots and concerts.
The tower has been called the eighth wonder of the world and the most beautiful structure in Europe. It has been listed as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.
It has been claimed that if you walk around the base of the tower, touching the wall with your chest about 20 times, you will have good luck with love affairs.
The Leaning Tower of Pisa (Italian: Torre Pendente di Pisa) or simply the Tower of Pisa (torre di 'pi: za; 'pi: sa) is the campanile, or freestanding bell tower, of the cathedral of the Italian city of Pisa, famous across the globe for its roughly four-degree lean caused by an unstable base. The tower was built between 1173 and 1246 as the main structure of a former Roman amphitheater that has been partially restored.
Its height is 52 m (173 ft) and the width of its base is 4 m (13 ft). The weight of the tower is estimated to be about 22,000 tons. It used to be painted white but now it is gray due to pollution.
The tower became one of the best known landmarks in the world, after it was featured on a set of drawings by Leonardo da Vinci. He called it "the most beautiful thing I have ever seen." In addition, there are several other towers in Pisa with very low angles of inclination. They are called "Pisano giullareschi" (giuljari court jesters' towers), because they were originally part of a school for boys. Although the Leaning Tower is the most famous of these structures, it is only one of many such buildings surrounding a large central square.