Leaning Tower Of Pisa

by Tyler O'Brien

The Leaning Tower Of Pisa

The Tower is one of the most significant architectural structures in all of Europe, and is the bell tower next to the cathedral in Pisa. Constructed hundreds of years ago, it is remarkable how the tower still stands today, due to the construction during the Medieval Times. The tower's claim to fame is the fact that it is tilted at a 3.99 degree angle to the left, however has not fallen. It stands at 183 feet tall, less than a third of the Washington Monument.

Where Is The Tower Located?

The Leaning Tower Of Pisa is located at exactly 43.7306 degrees N, and 10.3994 degrees E. It is in Pisa, Italy, which is southeast of France, south of Germany and Switzerland, and north of Tunisia.

What is the Tower apart of?

The Leaning Tower Of Pisa is the bell tower of the cathedral of Pisa. The Tower is a part of Italy, and a very famous landmark, helping put Italy on the map. The tower stands at 183 feet tall, not even a third the height of the Washington Monument.

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What Is It Like?

The tower sits in Pisa, Italy, and undergoes a Mediterranean climate throughout the year. It is a major historical sight, and is a must-see for anyone visiting the area. Its trademark is its lean to one side, which is truly a sight to see, as it is mind-boggling how it has not fallen.


Unfortunately, there is no elevator within the tower to reach the top, but many stairs that must climbed. Although quite a bit of effort and energy is required to be put in, the view and satisfaction is well worth the climb. In order to get to the sight, there and many easy access roads that you can just drive on to reach the tower. Because it is such a historical landmark, it attracts thousands and thousands of tourists each year, so they must make access easy.

Human Environment Interaction

As previously stated, the tower attracts many, many tourists each year, which can be responsible for pollution in the environment, as a lot of fuel is used to move the tourists. The original construction of the tower began in 1173, but ultimately took about 200 years to complete due to wars, and other obstacles. The tower fell several times throughout the construction of the tower, and still leans to the right to this day. The reason fo this is when it was originally built, one side of the tower held a softer foundation, so one side of the tower actually sank into the ground. The building consists of 296 steps, which visitors must climb to reach the top.