Backlit view of the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the freestanding bell tower of the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta in Piazza dei Miracoli, Tuscany, Italy
Contributor:Simona Abbondio / Alamy Stock Photo
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Dimensions:5568 x 3712 px | 47.1 x 31.4 cm | 18.6 x 12.4 inches | 300dpi
Date taken:August 16, 2019
Location:Pisa, Tuscany, Italy
The famous Tower of Pisa is the freestanding bell tower of the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta in the Italian city of Pisa, known worldwide for its nearly four-degree lean, the result of an unstable foundation. The tower began to lean during the construction in the 12th century, due to soft ground which could not properly support the structure's weight, and it worsened through the completion of construction in the 14th century. By 1990 the tilt had reached 5.5 degrees and the structure was stabilized by remedial work between 1993 and 2001, which reduced the tilt to 3.97 degrees.