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Leaning Tower of Pisa – A Matchless Piece of Architecture

The world is full of various iconic landmarks and monuments which have proved to be the most attractive holiday destinations for the tourists from all over the world. Italy is

Leaning Tower of Pisa

famous throughout the world for its historic background and ancient monuments. This exotic city has been the chief centre of attraction for most of the tourists from all over the world due to its ancient ruins and historic monuments.

Renaissance and other periods of history which took birth in Italy during the Roman Empire left their inimitable effects on the various other countries of the world.

Today, Italy is the most visited destination as compared to the other holiday destinations of the world. The main attraction for the tourists of Italy is the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Pisa is a perfect place in Italy where lots of historical facts are still engraved in its walls.

The Leaning Tower of Pisa was constructed during the period of the Roman Empire. It was constructed in the midst of war between the Romans and the Franciscans. The Leaning Tower of Pisa which is one of the most visited tourist attractions of the world today was a straight tower till 1173. It started to bend because of the poor foundation and a pretty weak construction. Historians believe that the major reason for the bending of this great tower was the loosening in the layer of subsoil. Due to the shifting of the layers of subsoil, this great tower leaned towards the south west direction at an angle of 4.35 degrees. This bending in the direction of the construction was noticed when the tower attained a height of 3 meters.

In order to pay compensation to the leaning position of the tower, the builders constructed the upper floors in the opposite direction. This unusual effort caused the tower to lean in the opposite direction and in spite of all the compensating efforts of the builders, the tower kept on leaning. As the tower leaned more and more, the government of Italy closed the Leaning tower of Pisa for the general public and evacuated the residents. Engineers and best builders from all over the world the world started their stabilizing efforts in order to prevent the Leaning Tower from collapsing. 38 cubic meters of soil was removed from the raised end of the tower and as a result, the tower straightened by 15 inches. The tower was reopened for the general public on 25th December, 2001.

In the present time, Leaning Tower of Pisa is one of the most visited tourist spot of the world because of its unique architecture and angled design.