Leaning Tower of Pisa – Kids love it too!
The Leaning tower of Pisa never fails to impress, the kids were super excited to finally see the Italian landmark and were not disappointed at all. We arrived quite late in the day, the sun was low and souvenir sellers lined the street leading to the tower.
Pizza, gelato, and some funny photos were the order of the day. Who hasn’t wanted to be seen to be holding up the tower in a photo?
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Construction of the tower began in 1173
It seems the tower would have toppled early on in construction had it not been for hold-ups due to wars and a lack of funds. During these delays, the soil underneath compressed enough to hold the icon up. It was finally completed in the 1300’s. The tower itself is the belltower of the church it stands beside.
When the builders got as far as the third level of construction, the tower began to lean due to somewhat, soft ground underneath that the foundation stones are laid on. Perhaps a poor place to build the tower, though it cannot be denied that it has increased the fame of Pisa of the centuries and brings in a considerable income to Tuscany.
Over the next few hundred years of construction, it became clear the 55-metre tower wasn’t just leaning but was actually falling. At a rate of one to two millimeters per year, this was a serious problem.
The Leaning Tower of Pisa is more than five meters off centre. In an effort to correct the drama, the architect and engineer made the remaining levels shorter on the uphill side. Epic fail, sadly.
Will the Leaning Tower of Pisa fall over one day?
“Experts say the famous tower at Pisa will lean for at least another 200 years. It may even stay upright well, almost upright forever. That’s all thanks to a restoration project, which brought the tower back from the brink of collapse a decade ago”. When Will the Leaning Tower of Pisa Fall Over?
Entry tickets to the Leaning Tower of Pisa cost around 20 Euros, no discounts for kids and under 8’s are not allowed up. It is an exciting climb to the top of the tower and something not to be missed!
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