Facts about Leaning tower of Pisa :
-The Leaning Tower of Pisa (Torre pendente di Pisa) is a bell tower resides in Pisa Italy
-The Tower of Pisa is famous worldwide for its lean to one side.
-The tower is supported by soft subsoil foundations which had trouble supporting the tower’s weight (14,500 ton). When the 2nd storey was started the lean became noticeable & it went worse as construction continued.
-Initially the tower bent at an angle of 5.5 degrees. After restitution work
between 1990 & 2001 this angle was reduced to 3.97 degrees.
-The tower consists of 8 stories.Its height is 183.27 ft on the low side & 185.93 ft on the high side.
-Its Construction started in the year 1173 & was completed in 1372. Construction paused & recommenced twice over those 199 years due to wars.
-War interfered construction the first time for almost a century which gave the underlying soil time to settle & dense. If construction had not halted, the tower would most likely have collapsed.
-in addition to the tower, Pisa’s Cathedral Square also has a cathedral, a baptistery & a cemetery.
-The whole Cathedral Square was stated as an UNESCO World Heritage Site
-The North & South side of the tower belongs to have 294 steps & 296 steps on the respectivel.
– The bellchamber resides at the top of the tower containing Seven bells.
-The tower’s design has broadly been attributed to Guglielmo & Bonanno
Pisano however recent studies shown that architect Diotisalvi may have
been a part of the design team.
-Due to the muddy underlying subsoil there are some other towers in Pisa with less popular tilting issues.
-The Germans used the tower as an observation point during World War II. The Allies knew this but avoided the idea of bombing the area due to the remarkable beauty of the tower & cathedral.