The Leaning Tower of Pisa is one of the most photographed monuments in Italy due to its international notoriety. People travel from all across the globe to Italy for a chance to document themselves holding up the Leaning Tower of Pisa with just their bare hand! It’s impressive, really.
The Torre Pendente di Pisa is a fascinating structure with a history that dates back to 1173. With any vacation to Tuscany or Florence, you’ll want to make a trip to Pisa. With these interesting facts you’ll want to see the Tower for more than just the photo opportunity!
1. As of 2015, the Leaning Tower of Pisa leans at 3.99 degrees.
2. Height: 183 feet or 56 meters.
3. Engineers say the tower will stand for another 200 years before it… doesn’t. Maybe by then we will have more technological advances to keep it standing for even longer!
4. There are approximately 294 steps on the north side of the tower and 296 steps on the south side of the tower.
5. It took over 800 years to totally finish the Leaning Tower of Pisa. In 1350 the tower was deemed complete.
6. The foundation of the tower, only 10 feet deep, was built on a dense clay mixture. Evidently, the clay was not strong enough. The leaning began in 1178 as soon as construction began on the second floor.
7. As soon as the tower began to lean, construction was paused for 100 years. During this time, engineers hoped that the clay foundation would harden enough to permit construction to continue. Talk about wishful thinking.
8. The tower is located in the Piazza dei Miracoli which translates to, “the field of miracles”.