Leaning Tower of Pisa – The Miracle Tower of Italy

By Kach Umandap - Howe October 6th, 2015 Posted in Destination, Europe, Travel Blog 41 Comments

It is fair to say that Italy boasts an abundance of architectural magnificence. From the Colosseum in Rome to the Duomo cathedral in Milan, nearly every town and city in this country have a building or structure to be proud of.

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Even so, one of the Italy’s most famous and prominent landmarks is best known for its abject failure. The Leaning Tower of Pisa is an iconic monument of the country and has become a revered and treasured attraction.

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But how did the “Miracle Tower” start to lean? And why else would you want to visit Pisa?

History of the Leaning Tower of Pisa

Leaning Tower of Pisa

Introducing a lean to the bell tower of Pisa’s cathedral complex in 1173 wasn’t a clever ploy by the Italian tourist board to attract visitors to the town; it was, in fact, a result of the uneven settling of the building’s foundations in soft ground.

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This happened just before war broke out between the Italian city-states, so construction was put on hold for nearly 100 years. Despite trying to solve the problem, engineers finally finished building in the 14th century with a noticeable lean still evident.

But in the late 20th century, the Leaning Tower of Pisa was subsiding at a rate of 0.05 inches (1.2mm) per year. Because this could cause a collapse, the tower was closed in 1990, and a strengthening project began.

The tower reopened to visitors in May 2001 and continued to straighten without further excavation before sensors showed that the motion had stopped in May 2008. With a total improvement of 19 inches (48cm), engineers say the tower will remain stable for at least 200 years. Related Article: 20 Unique Activities to do in Europe

Why visit Pisa and the Leaning Tower

Leaning Tower of Pisa 2
Several tourists will want to visit the Leaning Tower of Pisa purely to capture a funny picture of them appearing to hold it up single-handedly. But while this is all well and good, its sheer beauty and incredible engineering deserve separate recognition.

Standing next to the equally impressive Campo dei Miracoli (Field of Miracles) cathedral complex, the tower is made from white marble and features 207 columns wrapped around eight stories. Inside you will also find a 297-step spiral staircase, which can now be climbed by tourists if you are feeling brave enough.

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But along with the tower, Pisa has plenty more attractions and activities on offer. Most of these are to do with its past and close ties with religion, but the remarkably pretty countryside of Tuscany isn’t far away either.

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In and around Pisa, you can explore the Camposanto cemetery, Piazza dei Cavalieri, and various museums including Museo dell’Opera del Duomo, Museo delle Sinopie, and Museo Nazionale di San Matteo.

For these reasons, you will want to visit the Leaning Tower as well as Pisa’s other fascinating sights sooner rather than later.

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41 thoughts on “Leaning Tower of Pisa – The Miracle Tower of Italy

  1. Italy has the magnificent architectures in the world. Good to know that the spiral inside the tower can now be explored by the tourists.

    1. Yes, Jenica! Most tourists stay outside and get fun photos with the Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy, but if you are brave enough, you can climb it. 🙂

  2. Definitely want to see the leaning tower of Pisa sooner! If money permits, I will go to Italy with my girlfriend nex year.

    1. Sounds exciting, Jayson! You and your girlfriend will surely love the Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy. Keep us updated here whenever you plan to visit it. 🙂

  3. I was here three years ago and still laughing with funny photos that people took here. Well, I’m one of those.

  4. Still falling in love with Italy’s architecture. The tower is not the most glamorous but definitely one of the things one should not missed.

  5. this is originally part of my itinerary for Europe backpacking last month but something happened so I missed the tower. but sure will be back in italy and see the leaning tower

    1. Then looking forward to your come back in Italy and finally a visit to Leaning Tower of Pisa, Karla! 🙂

    1. #dreamsdocometrue Danilo. You can go to Italy this year and see the Leaning Tower of Pisa! Claim it!

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Written by Kach Umandap - Howe

Co-Founder of Two Monkeys Travel Group. Since 2013, Kach has visited all the 7 continents (including Antarctica) and 120 countries using her Philippines Passport. In 2016, she got married then a year later bought a sailboat and is now on sailing adventures with her two cats - Captain Ahab & Little Zissou in the Caribbean. She writes about her experiences traveling as a Filipina traveler with a PHL Passport. Also tips on backpacking trips, luxury hotel experiences, product reviews, sailing & adventure travel.

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