Friday 19 January 2018

Colosseum is leaning like Tower of Pisa

Josephine McKenna in Rome

THE Colosseum in Rome could be in need of the kind of structural intervention that saved the Leaning Tower of Pisa after officials found its south side is 15 inches lower than the north.

Authorities became aware of the tilt in the 2,000-year-old amphitheatre about a year ago and have been monitoring it for the past couple of months.

They believe that "dynamic vibrations", caused by heavy traffic, may be responsible for the drop on the south side next to one of Rome's busiest thoroughfares.

Now experts from Rome's Sapienza University and the Institute of Environmental Geology and Geoengineering have been asked to conduct an urgent scientific study to determine the cause.

Prof Giorgio Monti, from Sapienza's department of structural engineering, said he feared that there may be a crack in the base of the monument, built in 72AD.

Rossella Rea, the director of the Colosseum, said: "Like the Leaning Tower of Pisa, we need to evaluate the best approach." (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Irish Independent

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