Italy’s Popular Leaning Tower Is Ready To Collapse
A “leaning tower” in Italy that’s stood for a thousand years is on high alert. The city is putting in place a civil protection plan in case the Garisenda tower in Bologna suddenly collapses. The tower has been an iconic part of the Bologna skyline since the 12th century.
A protective cordon will be put up to “contain debris resulting from a possible collapse” as well as protect surrounding buildings and civilians. That’s according to a statement from the city council. Video cameras are trained on the building to capture the collapse.
This is not Italy’s only “leaning tower.”
The Leaning Tower of Pisa is one of the most famous landmarks in the world. It’s in the city of Pisa, Italy. The tower is the freestanding bell tower of the Cathedral of Pisa, known as the “Duomo.” Construction of the tower began all the way back in 1173 and took almost 200 years to complete. Construction stopped several times because of wars, and lack of finances.
The tower is well known for its unintended noticeable tilt. The big lean is the result of an unstable foundation. The ground on one side of the tower is much softer than on the other, causing the structure to lean. The tilt began during the early stages of construction, and several attempts were made over the centuries to correct or stabilize it. Buttttt, they didn’t work.
Despite its tilt, the Leaning Tower of Pisa has become the most photographed structure in the world. You can still go inside and slide around if you want! Ha.