Leaning Tower of Pisa – The Miracle Tower of Italy

By Kach Umandap - Howe October 6th, 2015 Posted in Destination, Europe Travel Blog, 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. Sometimes mistakes could get a lot than you expected. Haha. who could imagine that Leaning Power of pisa would be one of world’s famous spots.

    1. Indeed Gannia! Now, the Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy is among the most-visited structures and in the bucket list of many.

  2. I will be visiting Italy soon for a friend who is doing a seminary stuff there. And of course, I will not forget to check the leaning tower of Pisa.

  3. I’ve never seen this myself but love Italy and would love to go back. I am actually very impressed that they’ve managed to fortify this monument so that it remains wonky but isn’t dangerous!

  4. Ohhh, so that’s the story behind the leaning tower.. I’m wondering though, since the tower is strong enough to remain still for the next 200 years, can people enter the tower and checked it’s interiors?,

    1. Interesting indeed, Sonnie. People are mostly allowed to take photos only outside the Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy.

  5. I had no idea that the leaning tower of Piiza was not meant to lean and was not a ploy to attract tourists. Who I knew?

    1. Yes, Ana! No one could imagine that Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy would be one of the top tourist destinations now.

  6. Not seen the tower in person, but it’s something on my bucket list. What and absolute wonder of the world. When I was younger I remember how intrugued I was at how it leans. So facinating, your pictures and post have captured it well.

  7. I love history and all the stores behind it. I really hope to get there one day. It is at the top of my list.

  8. I always wondered why the tower was like that, the story behind is very interesting, as everything else in Italy

  9. thanks for the history of the leaning tower of Pisa, it’s always interesting to learn a little more about old architecture.

  10. This was really cool! I loved learning the history of the leaning tower of Pisa. I definitely want to go visit it as soon as I can!

  11. I didn’t know there was so much history to the tower. I do want to see it some day. I’ll remember to check out the nearby attractions too.

  12. My husband and I went to Italy on our honeymoon 11 years ago. We missed the Leaning Tower of Pizza (as my kids call it). I hope that we get to see it next time around. He’s an engineer, so it’s even more impressive to him. 🙂

    1. Hahahaha! Your husband will be fascinated with the Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy. Visit it with your kids too! 🙂

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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 143 countries using her Philippines Passport. In 2016, she got married then a year later bought a sailboat and went on sailing adventures with her two cats - Captain Ahab & Little Zissou in the Caribbean for 2 years. She now lives in Herceg Novi, Montenegro. 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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