On August 9th, 1173, when architect Bonnano Pisano began construction of the Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy, Europe it was supposed to be an elegant bell-tower for the Cathedral (Duomo) beside it. By 1178, as the third floor was started, the foundation seemed to be sinking, due to an unstable water soaked clay soil.
As the people of Pisa were fighting with neighboring towns (Genoa, Florence and Lucca), the tower project was forgotten for a century, which gave the soil time to settle. In 1272, Giovanni di Simone decided to build the next floors higher on one side than the other to compensate for the lean.
The seventh floor was finally completed in 1319, and the belfry in 1372. The famous Leaning Tower of Pisa is 183.27 feet high on the lower side and 186.02 feet on the high side. Leaning at an angle of 3.97 degrees, the top is 12 feet 10 inches off vertical. The climb of 296 steps is well worth the view and it is quite a thrill to be at the top of one of the most famous towers in the world.
I photographed this photo with the digital SLR camera model Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III, aperture of f/5.0, exposure time of 1/200 sec. on ISO 100, as always I used a original Canon Lens, the focus lenght for this picture was 85mm.
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