Friday, June 11, 2010
Pisa - A Pleasant Re-Visit
The Leaning Tower (Torre Pendente), the Duomo, the Baptistery and the walls of the Campo Santo have gone through years of restoration and cleaning. The marble on each building is now sparkling white and radiates with a brilliance that we certainly appreciated.
The Tower and Duomo go back to the 12 century, construction began in 1173 and it was completed by 1350, but by the end of 1350, the tower was leaning.4 feet 5 inches off true vertical. By 1817, the tower was now leaning 12 feet 6 inches and by 1993, the tower was at 17 feet 5 inches off of a vertical axis. There was a concerted effort some years ago to abate the continued leaning of the tower, but where it stands now was not in any of our literature. Visitors continue to climb the 350 stairs to the top of the tower - at a hefty price of 15euros ($18)
This photo gives you a good view of how much the tower has leaned from the vertical axis.