Campanile — The Leaning Tower of Pisa

Posted by David Eicher
on Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Pisa’s Campanile, the “Leaning Tower of Pisa,” was commenced in 1173. By the time the third story was built, it already had begun to lean significantly. Subsequent layers of marble, built up over a substrate of too-soft ground, were compensated upward, giving the tower a slight banana shape.

Related blog: "On the road: Galileo's Italy, Day Five," by David J. Eicher

Photo credit: David J. Eicher

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