The Leaning Tower of Pisa took 344 years to build, beginning in August 1173. It began to lean in 1178 once construction on the second floor had begun. The lean was due to one side sinking into the soft ground.
The construction was finished in 1372 and the 7 bells were installed on top of the Tower (read more about the bells). It took 200 years to complete this incredible piece of art and engineering. Started as a failure, the Leaning Tower of Pisa is today one of the most remarkable achievements in engineering.
Why was the Leaning Tower of Pisa built? Construction of the Leaning Tower of Pisa began in 1173 as the third and final structure of the city of Pisa’s cathedral complex. In particular, it was built to serve as the complex’s bell tower.
The Leaning tower of Pisa was actually the result of a human mistake. Just one little miscalculation made in the 11th century left us with an amazing 14,500 ton leaning tower!
In 2019 the Leaning Tower of Pisa is going to be 846 years old. this if you count its age starting from the beginning of construction in 1173. If you were to count from the year the construction was completed, the tower would then be much younger.
In the end, the Leaning Tower of Pisa does not fall because its center of gravity has been carefully kept within its base. In short, this is why the Tower of Pisa does not topple over. The Leaning Tower doesn’t fall because its center of gravity is carefully kept within its base.
Inside the Leaning tower of Pisa To go inside one requires a ticket. After purchasing the ticket either in advance online or at the site, you ‘re required to deposit your belongings at the free lockers. This is because the Leaning Tower of Pisa is rather lean and there will be no space for your bags and belongings.
Pisa is a safe city, you do not need to worry about your safety (except for some zone at night, such as the area surrounding the station). However you should take the obvious precautions (like, if you stay in a very cheap hotel, take your valuables with you) and watch out for pickpockets in the touristy areas.
Architect. There has been controversy about the real identity of the architect of the Leaning Tower of Pisa. For many years, the design was attributed to Guglielmo and Bonanno Pisano, a well-known 12th-century resident artist of Pisa, known for his bronze casting, particularly in the Pisa Duomo.
The method – known as soil extraction – saw engineers dig a series of tunnels on the north side of the tower and remove small amounts of earth. (The tower leans to the south.) Steel cables helped pull it back into its original position.
Restoration work undertaken from 1999 to 2001 stabilized the tower. Engineers placed weights on the structure’s north end, while at the same time extracting soil from below, causing it to slowly sink back in that direction. The Leaning Tower of Pisa still leans south, but now it does so at just 3.99 degrees.
Driving the roughly 220 miles (354 km) from Rome to Pisa would take about 4 hours, not counting the time you might need for a break or to stop to look at a map, so taking the train is usually the faster option, even when including a train change in Florence.