The Leaning Tower of Pisa, Tuscany, Italy – UNESCO Site

The Leaning Tower of Pisa is definitely one of the highlights of Italy, and absolutely deserves a visit if you are visiting Florence.  It’s difficult to imagine or think that the Tower of Pisa was an  engineering mistake due to the foundation and leaning of the Tower. It is now one of the most famous buildings in the world.

The Tower of Pisa, along with rest of the attractions in Piazza di Miracoli is a sight one must see.  We totally enjoyed our trip during the summer time in Italy, while we were living in Italy.  Anthony and Michele was taken aback by the Leaning Tower. We sat in front of the Leaning Tower and took numerous pictures of us holding up the Tower. LOL.  It was definitely a good trip. This was a great stop coming from Florence.  We didn’t get to do the climb due to Anthony’s age and long lines; we didn’t want to go without Michele and Anthony.

On August 9, 1173, the foundations of the Tower of Pisa were laid. Due to it’s faulty foundation, the Tower leans precariously,  preventing visitors from climbing its 294 to 296 steps to the top.  Pisa is the birth place of Galileo. He was baptized in the Baptistery in 1565. The Leaning Tower of Pisa was inducted as part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987.  “There has been controversy about the real identity of the architect of the Leaning Tower of Pisa. For many years, the design was attributed to Guglielmo and Bonanno Pisano, a well-known 12th-century resident artist of Pisa, famous for his bronze casting, particularly in the Pisa Duomo.  Bonanno Pisano left Pisa in 1185 for Monreale, Sicily, only to come back and die in his home town.”  In 1987 the tower was declared as part of the Piazza del Duomo UNESCO World Heritage Site along with the neighboring cathedral, baptistery and cemetery [wiki].

This site is inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List

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