Who Put the Lean In The Tower Of Pisa?

By | April 10, 2019

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The Leaning Tower of Pisa is now stable and has even straightened slightly thanks to engineering work to save the world-renowned tourist attraction, experts said on November 21, 2018. Source: (eastnews.pl)

Perhaps the best-known architectural blunder in the world has given Italy one of its most popular tourist attractions and giving Instagram travelers a clichés photo opp. The Leaning Tower of Pisa is proof that a stable foundation is the key to any building project. The Tower of Pisa was built in 1173 and, by all accounts, the building began to lean even before construction was completed in the mid-1300s. So why hasn’t this gravity-defying building toppled over yet? Let’s learn why. 

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A popular pose for tourists to the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Source: (swedishnomad.com)

The Tower of Pisa was Built to be a Boastful Symbol of Wealth

Pisa started as a small town on the Italian coast but grew into an important port city. The people of Pisa engaged in several key military conflicts and trade agreements that helped the city to grow more powerful. In 1063, the Pisans attacked the city of Palermo, which is located on Sicily. The army returned to Pisa with a treasure trove of riches sacked from Palermo. With the newly-acquired wealth, the citizens of Pisa decided it was time to show the rest of the world how prosperous and powerful Pisa was. To accomplish this, they decided to build a grand cathedral, call the Field of Miracles. In addition to the large church at the cathedral complex, the plans also included a cemetery, ad baptistery, and a bell tower, called the Tower of Pisa.