Friday 20 September 2019

Leaning Tower Of Pisa is getting things straight

The bell tower is tilting less than it was before remedial construction work was undertaken.

The Leaning Tower Of Pisa (Luca Bruno/AP)
The Leaning Tower Of Pisa (Luca Bruno/AP)

By Associated Press Reporter

Italy’s Leaning Tower Of Pisa is straightening itself out.

After more than two decades of efforts, engineers say the famed Tuscan bell tower has recovered four centimetres more and is in better structural health than predicted.

Ansa news agency quoted a consultant to the international committee monitoring the tilt, Nunziante Sabia, as saying that while the progressive recovery of tilt is good news, the overall structural health of the tower is more important.

The 12th-century tower reopened to the public in 2001 after being closed for more than a decade to let workers reduce its slant.

By using hundreds of tons of lead counterweights at the base and extracting soil from under the foundations, engineers initially shaved 17 inches off the lean.

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