Leaning Tower of Pisa ‘very slowly reducing its lean’, say experts

1 min


0

The Leaning Tower of Pisa is not as tilted as it once was after it straightened slightly as a result of engineering work to protect the tourist attraction.

Experts of the tower’s Surveillance Group, which monitors restoration progress, said the monument was “stable and very slowly reducing its lean” following 17 years of observation.

The 57-metre (186ft) construction straightened by 4cm (1.5in), according to engineering professor Nunziante Squeglia of Pisa University, who was cited in Italian media reports.

Do you enjoy Down The Wing?

The landmark has stood slightly to one side ever since building started in 1173
Image:
The landmark has stood slightly to one side ever since building started in 1173

The Surveillance Group was set up after Michele Jamiolkowski oversaw an international committee to save the landmark between 1993 and 2001.

An increasing lean saw the famous tower close to the public in January 1990 for 11 years over safety fears. Its tilt had reached 4.5 metres (15ft).

The monument has been straightened by more than 40cm (15.7in) since.

It has always stood slightly to one side ever since building started in 1173 but remained a symbol of medieval Pisa’s power.


Like it? Share with your friends!

0
DownTheWing

Legend

0 Comments

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Choose A Format
Personality quiz
Series of questions that intends to reveal something about the personality
Trivia quiz
Series of questions with right and wrong answers that intends to check knowledge
Poll
Voting to make decisions or determine opinions
Story
Formatted Text with Embeds and Visuals
List
The Classic Internet Listicles
Countdown
The Classic Internet Countdowns
Open List
Submit your own item and vote up for the best submission
Ranked List
Upvote or downvote to decide the best list item
Meme
Upload your own images to make custom memes
Video
Youtube, Vimeo or Vine Embeds
Audio
Soundcloud or Mixcloud Embeds
Image
Photo or GIF
Gif
GIF format