May 21, 2013

Leaning Tower of Pisa Fun Facts

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Ssc130Leaning Tower of Pisa Fun Facts

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Every Tuesday, we give give you some Trivia on the STACKS. Did you know these true facts about this tilty tower in the city of Pisa, Italy?
Leaning Tower of Pisa

  • The tower was completed in about 1350. During construction, the ground under the building settled unevenly and caused the building to lean toward the south. Oops!
  • There are other towers in Pisa with the same tilting problem, but not as noticeable.
  • Throughout its history, the tilt of the tower has gradually gotten worse, about 0.25 inch (0.1 cm) every year.
  • It was closed to the public in January 1990, because the structure was dangerously close to collapse.
  • For much of the 1990s the tower was wrapped in steel and anchored by steel suspenders holding it in place. Soil was carefully removed under the tower to even the land underneath.
  • In June 2001, engineers announced that the Leaning Tower was “secure,” and although the lean is still apparent, it is 17 inches (44 cm) less than it has been for 150 years.

Do you trust that the tower is now secure? Would you dare to climb up to the top? Let us know in the Comments!

image from kids.scholastic.comSonja, STACKS Staffer

“Leaning Tower of Pisa.” Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia. Grolier Online, 2013. Web. 1 May. 2013.

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  1. ablekoi12

    Yes, I would probably go into the Leaning Tower of Pisa. I’m always looking to go somewhere where I’ve never been before. Plus, they probably only allow a few people at a time in the tower since it’s so close to collapsing.

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  2. m

    Also they tried to dig up the other side of the foundation of the tower to make the tower fall into place and not be on a lean.
    I would TOTALLY climb the tower to see if you can fell it leaning , now it is secure and it would not fall oif they wrap cables arould it ( kind of like bracing the tower) to make it straight. So these are my reasons on why i would climb the leaning tower of Pisa :)

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  3. ella

    this is a great picture for people to see and learn about!!!!!cool fact it was built on soft soil thats why it is called the leaning tower of pisa.that is in Italy by the why!!!! P.S.I love this website

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  4. cheerfulpurple170

    I WOULD NEVER CLIMB THAT THING!
    IT’S GOING TO FALL RIGHT DOWN!
    (just to be clear, it’s not secure) Trust me

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