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Saturday, January 2, 2010

Leaning Tower of Pisa . . . ITALY

Constructed in 1174, at a time when the Pisans were enjoying an era of military success, theLeaning Tower of Pisa, located in Pisa’sCampo dei Miracoli (Field of Miracles) is famous not only because of its striking beauty but also because of its awkward geometry. It served as the bell tower of the equally impressive Cattedrale (Cathedral) and Battistero(Baptistry), and, as a result of the poor swampy soil beneath, has leaned almost since construction first started. Today, one side is five metres (16ft) closer to the ground than the other. Galileo used the tower for experiments to prove his theory of motion whilst he was chair of mathematics at the Università di Pisa (Pisa University) in 1589.
Air: Pisa Galileo Galilei Airport. Rail: Train: Pisa Centrale Station. Road: Car: A12 (from Genoa and the north); A11 (from Florence).

Contact Addresses

Opera della Primaziale Pisana, Via B Croce 26, 56125 Pisa, Italy
Tel: (050) 560 547