Leaning Tower of Piza No Longer Falling Over
January was cold and dangerous in 1990 when the Leaning Tower of Pisa was closed because of structural risks. Eighteen years later, the newly restored monument celebrates its coming of age with some excellent news. For the first time since the 18th century, the Tower of Pisa is leaning, but no longer falling over. Of course, Bonanno Pisano’s bell tower still leans. If you see it from Via Santa Maria or from the gardens in Piazza dei Miracoli, it’s still the same odd-looking, immortal monument and uniquely elegant example of Pisan Romanesque architecture. The news is that now, after 18 years of closures, interventions and projects verging on science fiction, the tower’s inclination and the counter weights have stabilised. The risk is over. No longer is the tower falling down, as was until 1993 when it reached its maximum overhang of 4.47 metres. Read the rest...