Leaning Tower of Pisa image courtsey:wikipedia.org
A humble tower and too many detractors!
Like all other structures the
Who built it?
Work for this structure started on
This tower (official name Torre Pendente di Pisa) is located in Piazza dei Miracoli,
The Construction of the
1178, Third floor completed and the tower began to lean and the work got halted for about a century.
1272 work resumed under Giovannido Simone. He compensated the tilt by making one side longer there by giving the tower a curve.
1284 Work had to be again halted as in a war the Pisans were defeated by Genoans in the battle of Meloria.
1319 The seventh floor was completed.
1372 Bell chamber was completed by Tommaso di Andrea Pisano, he is said to be responsible for adding the Romanesque style (The architectural style equivalent to the Norman, prevailed in Europe from 5th to 9th century characterized by round arches, massive vaulting, heavy piers, columns and walls with small windows).to the tower.
The bell chamber contains seven bells one each representing a musical note.
1655 The largest bell was installed in the chamber.
1838 – 40, major renovation undertaken.
1934 Benito Mussolini got the base of the tower filled with concrete to straighten it up, in fact this work made the tower to sink further.
One of the Seven Wonders of the Medieval World.
Leaning Tower of Pisa Map courtsey: utexas.edu
This wonderful tower; approved by UNESCO as World Heritage Site; ‘that keeps on tilting without falling’ it also has been selected as one of the Seven Manmade Wonders of the World. One may be shocked to read that this world heritage was on the verge of destruction during the Second World War. Nazis took hiding in it and it was discovered by the Allies, by the fortune of the whole world the American officer deputed to deal with the affairs did not call for the cannon fire. Virtually the existence of this World Heritage Site hung on a single word from that unknown officer who deserves the status of a world war hero.
Taught the world about mass and gravity.
The Leaning Tower of Pisa has one more tryst with history as Galileo Galilee also a native of Pisa used this tower to prove his theory by dropping two cannon balls of different weights and established before the public that mass of a material does not affect acceleration due to gravity (things of different weights if dropped will fall in the same speed). Before this experiment the whole world thought that heavier fell in greater speed if dropped. This Tower of Pisa has seen much events since its construction and survived 9centuries keeping the world in tender-hooks about will fall and will not fall, let us hope it stands for ever sp that generations to come may also have a tender hook, will it or will it not?!!!