The Leaning Tower of Pisa
A must-see while on a Tuscany vacation, the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa is one of world’s best-known landmarks and a symbol of Italy, to say nothing about its being one of the most remarkable architectural structures of medieval Europe.
Built as the bell tower for the cathedral on Piazza del Duomo, also known as Miracle’s Square, the tower leans approximately 13 feet off base due to the weight of the marble and the weak soil. Mystifying and amazing the crowds for hundreds of years, the Pisa’s famous tower has experienced many a calamity during its lifetime but remains still standing—actually, leaning. The rich and vibrant history of this tower reaches back as far as the almost early medieval times. Its construction began in 1173 and went on more or less for about two hundred years. The ground beneath the tower was soft, and so even before the building was near completion it had already started to tilt. It was noticeable enough that the builders even tried to compensate for it by angling the new construction differently than the old construction – if you look at the tower from the appropriate direction you’ll see it’s not perfectly straight on one angle. Today, the Leaning Tower has become a must see for those who travel to Italy as it is one of the major tourist attractions of Tuscany. If you are considering a vacation in Italy you should definitely place the Leaning Tower of Pisa high on your list.