Leaning Tower of Pisa, Italy

pisa tower. italy

Introduction & History behind the structure

The Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy is basically a freestanding bell tower and is also commonly referred to as “Campanile”. The structure of this tower is such that it is leaning in one direction and henceforth, is considered as one of the most visited monuments in Italy. In the whole Cathedral Square of Pisa, this tower is the third oldest after the Baptistery and the Cathedral. According to history, during the time of the construction, the ground soil on one side of the structure was quite soft which is why the weight of the structure turned out to be unevenly balanced on the ground. The tilting angle of the structure increased as the construction process proceeded and finally stabilized once the structure was completed.On the whole, the tower was constructed in different stages for almost two centuries. The information about the arhitects of the tower is still unknown. For a long period of time, it was believed that the architects behind the Leaning Tower of Pisa were Bonanno Pisano and Guglielmo famous artists from the 12th century.

Dimensions of the Tower of Pisa, Italy

  • The height of the structure is believed to be 55.86 metres from the side of soft soil and is equivalent to 183.27 feet. On the other side, the height of the structure goes up to 56.67 metres which is equivalent to 185.93 feet.
  • The walls are 2.44 metres wide at the base and the total weight of the structure is said to be 14,500 metric tons.
  • There are a total of 296 steps that lead up to the top of the tower and the seventh floor of the structure has a few more steps towards the north side of the staircase.
  • Facts say that during the restoration process of the Leaning Tower of Pisa (from 1990 to 2001), the angle of inclination of the structure was calculated to be 5.5 degrees but presently, the angle has gone down to 3.9 degrees.

Other attractions of Pisa

One of the primary attractions of Pisa other than the Leaning Tower is the Square of Miracles. This place is also commonly referred to as Piazza dei Miracoli. This Square is well known across the world and attracts thousands of customers every month. Few of the spectacles found here are Duomo di Pisa or Pisa Cathedral, Leaning Tower and the Baptistery of Pisa. Apart from the Square of Miracles, the  is also well known in Italy and it is known as one of Europe’s most beautiful places. There is a very famous dome which happens to be a spectacle and the Cathedral Museum falls near to it. Furthermore, there is a very famous Camposanto or cemetery here that attracts tourists from all over the world.

Accommodation options and facilities for tourists

Over the last decade, millions of tourists have flown to Pisa to witness its marvelous and picturesque wonders which is why, surfeit of hotels have come up lately. No matter what your budget is, you will certainly find out the most suitable hotel for yourself and your family. In case if you plan to visit Pisa on your honeymoon, then there are perfect hotels for you that are hardly 10 minutes walk from Leaning Tower of Pisa and the Square of Miracles. These hotels offer buffet breakfasts and lunches with some of them even providing free access to Wi-Fi as well as international satellite channels. Thus, if you are planning a trip to Pisa on your upcoming holiday, then make sure you have the right hotel booked at the right price for a memorable trip.

 

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