Sunday, February 14, 2010

Pisa Tower ( La Torre di Pisa )

Italy is a country that has many historic buildings. One of them is the leaning tower of Pisa. Leaning tower of Pisa (in Italian: Torre pendente in Pisa) or commonly called the Tower of Pisa (La Torre di Pisa) is a bell tower of a cathedral in the city of Pisa, Italy. The tower is located behind the cathedral and is the third structure in the Campo dei Miracoli (miracle) of Pisa.

Although the original plan is built vertically, the tower began leaning to the southeast soon after construction in the year 1173, due to imperfect foundation. The height of the tower is 55.86 km from the surface of the ground at the lowest side and 56.70 m at the highest side. The width of the building's base is 4.09 m and the peak width is 2.48 m. Weight of the tower is estimated to 14.500 tons and has 294 steps.

Construction of the Tower of Pisa was built in three stages, which take about 200 years. Construction of white marble on the first floor began on August 9, 1173, in the heyday of the military and the prosperity of Italy. The first floor is surrounded by a few pillars and although tilted position, but still stand for centuries.


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