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Leaning Tower of Pisa Leaning Tower of Pisa (Italian: Torre pendente di Pisa) or simply the Tower of Pisa (Torre di Pisa [ˈtorre di ˈpiːza; ˈpiːsa] is the campanile, or freestanding bell tower, of the cathedral of the Italian city of Pisa, known worldwide for its nearly four-degree lean, the result of an unstable foundation. The tower is situated behind the Pisa Cathedral and is the third-oldest structure in the city's Cathedral Square (Piazza del Duomo), after the cathedral and the Pisa Baptistry.

The tower's height is 55.86 metres (183.27 feet) from the ground on the low side and 56.67 metres (185.93 feet) on the high side. The width of the walls at the base is 2.44 m (8 ft 0.06 in). Its weight is estimated at 14,500 metric tons (16,000 short tons).[2] The tower has 296 or 294 steps; the seventh floor has two fewer steps on the north-facing staircase.

The tower began to lean during construction in the 12th century due to soft ground which could not properly support the structure's weight, and it worsened through the completion of construction in the 14th century. By 1990, the tilt had reached 5.5 degrees.

The structure was stabilized by remedial work between 1993 and 2001, which reduced the tilt to 3.97 degrees.
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@ChilliFlakes Your welcome glad to bring a good memory back to you. Thanks for the comment :)


Thanks for the puzzle AmandaUK.
I went here in the mid 1960s before there were so many people waiting to climb the tower. What a strange sensation it was going up the spiral steps, leaning one way and then the other. At the top leaning over the balcony rail with a clear drop to the ground below and the other side looking at the side of the tower.
2015 while touring Europe with my son on our motorcycles, we stopped here for a night. In the morning he went up but there was no leaning over the rail, it is covered in with wire mesh. Thanks for the memory. Dennis.

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