The Leaning Tower of Pisa is not only a landmark building in Italy, but also one of the wonders in the history of world architecture. The tower is actually a free-standing bell tower of the Cathedral of Pisa, located in the central square of Pisa: the Miracle Square. The building has a cylindrical shape and is made of white marble. The bottom of the tower is engraved with reliefs and on the top there is a bell pavilion. It is said that the Leaning Tower of Pisa is built with spoils transported by six ships by the Pisa fleet. The tower is tilted to the southeast, and many people believe this is due to an uneven foundation and soft soils.
Due to the unstable nature of the tower, there are restrictions on the length of time and number of people allowed into the tower at one time. If you are planning to climb the tower, be sure to purchase tickets online in advance. Without advance tickets there may be long lines or no available tickets. When climbing the tower only mobile phones and cameras are allowed to be carried all other belongings must be checked at the entrance.
The Leaning Tower of Pisa is the campanile, or freestanding bell tower, of the cathedral of the Italian city of Pisa, known worldwide for its nearly four-degree lean, the result of an unstable foundation.
it is situated behind the Pisa Cathedral and is the third-oldest structure in the city's Cathedral Square (Piazza del Duomo).
Until recent years tourists were not allowed to climb the staircase inside the tower, due to consolidation work. But now the leaning Tower of Pisa is open again and it is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Italy
since there is only limited attractions, I decided to leave my luggage in the locker and spent 5 hours to tour around the city.
The construction of this famous medieval structure began in 1173 and took more than 200 years. It's one of four buildings in the ceremonial complex of Piazza dei Miracoli or Square of Miracles. You can climb to the top of the bell tower, then visit historic Pisa Cathedral and the Baptistery. Afterward, join hundreds of tourists posing at all angles to capture a photo holding up the Leaning Tower of Pisa.
The 197-foot bell tower rose at Campo dei Miracoli between the 12th and 14th centuries to accompany a Romanesque cathedral and baptistery. Although it began tilting immediately, Pisa’s eight-story marble structure, ringed with arches and 207 support columns, was considered an engineering feat. Following centuries of effort to right it, the tower reopened in 2001 after three years of placing weights on the tower and removing soil from below the foundation succeeded in reducing the tilt.
Finally got to check out this crazy masterpiece! it is in fact leaning! wow!