The Leaning Tower of Pisa (Italian: Torre pendente di Pisa) is one of the architectural wonders, and also one of the most famous buildings in the world. Not everyone knows it, but the tower is the cathedral's bell tower (campanile) and belongs to the complex of buildings, built in Romanesque style on the Campo dei Miracoli (Field of Miracles) in a small town in Tuscany. Here you can visit the Cathedral, Baptistery, Camposanto and the tower itself.
Campo dei Miracoli is unfortunately a huge temptation especially for kids - there are a lot of souvenir stalls everywhere with bags, T-shirts, magnets, jewelry and a lot of other necessary and less necessary things. Especially those less needed ... :)
Well the tower... Everyone is taking the shot from the "I have to hold the tower, otherwise it falls over" - series.
Prices for climbing the top of the campanile unfortunately do not belong to the lowest, which will be for a family with few people the of utmost importance.
Good to know:
total height of the tower - 54.98 m
date of commencement of construction - 1174
vertical deviation - about 4.5 m
number of stairs to the top - 294 (Note: for safety reasons, children under 8 years can not enter the tower).
tower built on the plan of a circle with eight floors. The middle floors are surrounded by openwork galleries.
A little bit about the history:
Construction of the tower began in the year 1173. The building soon began to deviate from the vertical, as it was located on marshy, clayey soil. Designers were trying to correct the tilt of the tower by extending columns on one side. However, the construction was halted until the thirteenth century.
In 1350 the construction has gained the top floor, where the bells have been placed. The building was built on a circle shape and has eight floors. The middle floor is surrounded by openwork galleries. The height of the tower is about 55 meters, and the deviation from the vertical of about 4.5 meters.
In the nineteenth century, first attempts to stop the tilt of the tower have been started, but they did not bring the desired effect.
In 1990, the tower was closed to visitors and the a special committee has been founded, which is supposed to find the best way to protect against further tilting of the tower.
In April 2011, the restoration work was completed in the Leaning Tower. In recent years the conservators removed from the walls a thick layer of pollution and smog, and traces of the destructive activity of visitors. Experts gather all the pieces of marble that fell off and put them back in the right places in the tower walls. The tower has been saved by a team of experts led by professor of geotechnics of the Technical University of Turin Michele Jamiolkowski. The method used by the experts was to strengthen the foundations and preventing the further tilt. The team of professor Jamiołkowski gave the Leaning Tower a guarantee for the next 300 years.
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Tickets for the Leaning Tower can be purchased online (between a maximum of 20 days and a minimum of 12 days prior to the date of the visit, subject to availability). Entrance tickets to the buildings and museums can be purchased also from the ticket offices on site.
Purchase of this ticket allows to visit also the Cathedral.