Photographer's Note

Good Morning Everyone,

I think my title must resonate with many people when they see the the leaning tower at Pisa for the first time!

When we first approached the site, I smiled as I heard a young girl, accompanied by her parents, utter these words!

Further along, there were lots of people photographing themselves trying to hold the tower up!

The medieval bell tower, a symbol of the power of the maritime republic of Pisa in the Middle Ages, has managed to survive, undamaged, at least four strong earthquakes that have hit the region since 1280.

In 1987 the Tower of Pisa was declared a World Heritage Site by the United Nation's cultural organisation Unesco, but as fears grew that it would topple over it was closed to the public in 1990 and engineers worked to stabilise it for the next 11 years.

'The tower was on the verge of collapse, but we managed to stop the tilt and secure it,' said Giuseppe Bentivoglio, from the Opera Primaziale organisation that preserves the tower.

The tower was reopened to the public in 2001 and remained open throughout a restoration costing almost 6million - partly to keep tourists happy, but partly because the revenue from ticket sales helped pay for the upkeep. The tower attracts over one million visitors a year.

In 2010 restorers made the tower even more stable by removing soil from beneath one side of its foundations. Its angle was previously 5.5 degrees from the perpendicular, but is now only 3.99 degrees off straight.

Experts say the seven-storey bell tower should now be safe from further intervention for at least the next 200 years. - Mail on Line

I will add a couple of photographs as workshops of people having fun with the leaning tower!

Enjoy your day, Bev :-)

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Additional Photos by Beverley Robinson (Royaldevon) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9446 W: 372 N: 21865] (85932)
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