My Travel to the Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy
On my European travel vacation, I also went to visit the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy. From Florence we visited the Leaning Tower of Pisa which is a freestanding bell tower of the cathedral and it is known worldwide for its unintended tilt and lean to one side. I took lots of Color and B/W photos of the tower. Shown here are mostly the color versions and later on in my other blogs I will show the B/W versions of the tower from top to bottom.
Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy (Bell Tower)
Long time ago, the tourists were allowed to go up the steep stone steps of the tower but later on going up there was strictly prohibited due to the leaning condition of the tower and it became worse. There was a time in 1990 when the leaning was so bad, they had to dig around the tower and re-enforced the foundations with cement to make the tower strong enough and prevent it from falling completely after the steep lean was discovered and the soil underneath the tower was causing it. The tower was under construction to correct the lean and lasted for months on end. Later on the tourists were allowed to enter and climb the 800-year old tower again.
The famous Leaning Tower of Pisa have dozens of bells on top of the tower. When we were still allowed to go up that tower, I was able to take lots of photos of the old bells of different sizes that make different sounds. Pisa lures the travelers with its leaning tower. For many tourists, the tower is one of our first childhood images of Europe. It’s a cliche that needs to be seen and taken photos of it. When we visited the tower, there was a huge crowd of tourists like us, out to see more of the world. It is situated behind the Cathedral and is the third oldest structure in Pisa’s Cathedral Square -The Piazza del Duomo, after the Cathedral and the Baptistry.
The Cathedral and the Baptistry at Pisa’s Cathedral Square -The Piazza del Duomo and The Leaning Tower
I was one of those lucky ones who was still able to climb that leaning tower of Pisa before they banned people from climbing that tower. Up there you can see what Pisa is like and with all the bells around you at the top of the tower, I kept praying that no one would ring those bells or it will leave that much sound of ringing in our ears for days, even weeks probably, if those bells started ringing so loudly and me in the midst of them, something that I’m not prepared to encounter. Good thing that those bells only started ringing when we reached the ground level after climbing that leaning tower.