|First glimpse of Pisa! It’s in a cathedral complex,
in which the actual leaning tower is only a small
part. A lucrative epic architectural failure!
|Construction of the tower started in 1174. It was
built on poor soil, and started to lean after only a
few stories were built. Then funds ran out, and it
sat for several hundred years before construction
started again. This view is the hollow interior
of the bell tower.
|The magnificent view from the top! Worth the
climb, we were lucky to have a very short line
as entry tickets are timed.
|Climbing to the top was odd – narrow marble steps,
sometimes where you felt no effort when the building
was leaning with you,
and more effort when it was leaning against you.
|Galileo famously used the Leaning
Tower of Pisa to demonstrate his
theory that the speed of a falling
object is independent of its weight.
|Multinational architects and engineers
have studied the tower for stability.
It has leaned up to a max of 5.5 degrees,
and now, with stabilization, leans at
3.9 degrees. I’m just doing my part to
hold it up.