If one of the places you want to visit once in your life is the Pisa's leaning towerDo it soon, because it is possible that in a few years it will no longer have the same grace. And it seems that one of the most famous monuments in the world is getting closer to losing its “registered trademark” of inclination.
The Leaning Tower of Pisa, which had leaned more than 5.4 meters since its creation in the late 12th century, has recovered 2.5 centimeters in the last 12 years, according to the latest annual report of the Surveillance Group of the monument.
A couple of millimeters more
According to Giuseppe Bentivoglio, technical director of the Pisan Opera, the entity in charge of the monument, the tower will continue to straighten a couple of millimeters more and then stabilize itself and then begin to lean again, but at a much lower speed than before, as explained in a report that the British newspaper «Daily Mail»Dedicated three days ago to the Tower of Pisa. Actually, it would be possible to straighten the tower completely, although that does not imply that it happens.
The Tower of Pisa was closed for more than a decade (from 1990 to 2001), while its foundations were reinforced and cables of steel support around the structure. In addition, the part opposite to that of the inclination was lowered by means of an excavation, in order to reduce the slope of the monument.
Although many were upset after these works, the truth is that previously the inclination of the tower increased more than a millimeter per year, which generated danger of collapse. Now, however, the tower is stable but tends to straighten, which means that, finally, the techniques used have worked. Of course, it is hard to believe that they can take away the charm of one of the most visited monuments on the planet.
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