May 21, 2013

Leaning Tower of Pisa Fun Facts

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Ssc130Leaning Tower of Pisa Fun Facts

The Scholastic Summer Challenge continues. Have you logged your minutes for this week yet? You could have a chance to win prizes!

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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  2. madpowerful7

    I guess I would go in it. I guess it varies for different people. It’s sort of like a battle between what it looks like, and the fact it hasn’t fallen yet. Since I have not been in it I guess it easy to say I would do it, but if I stood in front of it I probably wouldn’t

  3. Lian

    I love scholastic and if I had to write a story I will give it to scholastic because they made me so happy I have to say, ” Thank You Scholastic.”

  4. Fuschiaaphrodite27

    Uh…. no. I am REALLY scared of heights and probably would be scared even if it was upright. The fact that its leaning is even worse. But I would like to take pictures of it from the ground!