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Leaning tower of Pisa

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he Leaning Tower of Pisa (Italian: Torre pendente di Pisa) or simply The Tower of Pisa (La Torre di Pisa) is the campanile, or freestanding bell tower, of the cathedral of the Italian city of Pisa. It is situated behind the Cathedral and it is the third structure by time in Pisa’s Piazza del Duomo (Cathedral Square).

Although intended to stand vertically, the tower began leaning to the southeast soon after the onset of construction in 1173 due to a poorly laid foundation and loose substrate that has allowed the foundation to shift direction. The tower presently leans to the southwest.

The height of the tower is 55.86 m (183.27 ft) from the ground on the lowest side and 56.70 m (186.02 ft) on the highest side. The width of the walls at the base is 4.09 m (13.42 ft) and at the top 2.48 m (8.14 ft). Its weight is estimated at 14,500 tonnes. The tower has 296 or 294 steps; the seventh floor has two fewer steps on the north-facing staircase. The tower leans at an angle of 3.97 degrees. This means that the top of the tower is 3.9 meters from where it would stand if the tower were perfectly vertical.

Venice Masquerade

Venice Masquerade

Revelers during Venice’s Carnival line a footbridge. Wearing of masks in Venice was first documented in the late 1200s and may have been intended in part to allow different classes to temporarily mix, thereby easing social tensions. The Carnival in Venice was probably born in 1162 A.D., as a celebration for the victory of the “Repubblica della Serenissima” (the name of the State of Venice in those times), in the war against Ulrico, Patriarch of Aquileia. St.mark’s Square was – as nowadays – the heart of the feast. One of the most ancient tradition was the FLIGHT OF THE ANGEL, the opening of the Carnival: a tightrope walker reached the seat of the Doge (the governor) from St.Mark’s Bell Tower. This ceremony was cancelled in past years for safety reason; this year’s Carnival the tradition was renewed by an acrobat, Ms Katiousha Triberti. On its opening day, Venice welcomed 90,000 tourists.

Venice masquerade - Italy
Venice masquerade - Italy
Venice masquerade - Italy
Venice masquerade - Italy
Venice masquerade - Italy
Venice masquerade - Italy
Venice masquerade - Italy
Venice masquerade - Italy

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