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TORRE PENDENTE DI PISA The Leaning Tower of Pisa When choosing a design in my discipline architecture I looked at finding a building that not only amazed myself about a building that also had some interesting history and features I researched buildings such as the Sydney Opera House the Roman coliseum and many Gothic churchs until I finalized in my decision with the choice of the Leaning Tower of Pisa For some reason I have always had a love for Towers Architects began building this medieval campaniles in 1173 however work stopped five years later when they first noticed the towering leaning to the north The tower had only the first three floors built when the work stopped The stoppage was due to the tower starting to lean which was caused by an underground river making soil damp on one side of the tower Work resumed and in 1250 architects started trying different ways to adjust the lean The tower began leaning toward the south in 1272 Before the construction of the bell tower in 1350 the architects tried to angle the top of the tower back to north by only building four steps on the north side as opposed to the six steps on the south side1 This spectacular irregularity has tended to obscure the fact that it is also a magnificent example of Romanesque architecture The eight-story round tower is 16 m 52 ft in diameter at the base and 55 m 180 ft tall A blind arcade encircles the ground floor Then six amazing floors of galleries each one holding the next one upon its arches and columns At the peak is the bell tower it is smaller in diameter Although the towers bells are still in place the ancient bells are no longer rung for fear that the vibration from one of the many three and a half ton bells may bring the tower to the
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