The Tower of Pisa has become one of the Italian symbols. Its steep inclination and intricate architecture arouse the curiosity of millions of travelers every year. But, beyond its architectural aspects or its artistic interest, we want to tell you some of the curiosities of the Tower of Pisa.
Curiosities of the Tower of Pisa , things you did not know!
Many wonder why this tower was built. Well, it is part of a religious architectural complex and acts as a bell tower. That may sound strange to you, but when you go to Pisa you will see the cathedral and the baptispery, which are right next to the tower. Let’s see some things that you did not know about this monument.
1. It leaned north and then south
In the year 1178, the Tower of Pisa began to lean. And from there curious facts would occur, because years later the tower would continue to lean, but in the opposite direction, towards the south.
It was not understood why the tower began to tilt. Some blamed it on the unstable subsoil; others to bad foundations, while others thought the design was poorly done.
2. Its construction stopped for 100 years
When the first floor of the tower was raised, it already began to lean. It was thought that it would be dangerous to continue building, so shortly thereafter the decision was made to suspend the works.
They stood still for a hundred years, but it was decided to continue, introducing some modifications in the design and the structure that would serve to correct this deviation. Finally, it was inaugurated in the year 1372. It seems that those corrections were the ones that caused the tower to change the direction of its inclination.
3. Its inclination is almost 4 degrees
This may not sound like a lot to you, but to give you an idea, this represents an almost 10% incline. It seems, therefore, a miracle that the tower has not fallen. Something that seemed about to happen when it was closed to the public in 1990 to do reinforcement and consolidation work.
The funny thing is that despite everything, it is not the most leaning tower in the world. There are others that surpass it. The most, a tower located in Germany whose inclination is close to 6 degrees.
4. Galileo Galilei was there
Italians, especially those in Pisa, are proud to ensure that Galileo Galilei used this tower to show that speed is not related to weight by using two balls of different masses. Is it true? We don’t know, the Italians say yes. Who would dare to deny it?
5. An attempt was made to repair your tilt
We commented that in 1990 the tower was closed to try to stop its inclination. Apparently every year she leaned a few inches, so they thought it would be dangerous for people to keep visiting her.
It was opened in 2001, after 10 years of hard work, in which the foundations were reinforced and its movement stopped. It was possible to reduce its inclination somewhat and it stabilized to resist at least 200 more years.
6. It has 294 steps
Yes, 294 steps are what separate you from the top of this incredible monument. There is no other way to climb, so recharge your batteries and get ready to exercise. Of course, we promise you that the views will be worth it.
7. Weighs 14,553 tons
Its weight is incredible, especially if we think that it was built in a time when there were not so many advances and that the stones were loaded or dragged. Quite an achievement of architecture back then .
8. It took almost two centuries to build
Construction began in 1173 and was not completed until 1372. However, we already anticipated that for 100 years of this time the works were stopped, since it was feared that it would fall if it rose higher.
9. It has eight floors
A priori, it seems bigger and many are those who are disappointed in this regard. And those is another of the curiosities of the Tower of Pisa. But yes, it only has eight floors, although they seem more. However, quiet, its 294 steps will make it seem like you are climbing a huge skyscraper.
Did you know some of these curiosities of the Tower of Pisa? Well maybe when you visit it you will discover some more. Will you tell us please?