Why Does The Tower Of Pisa Lean?

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4 min readApr 8, 2020

The Leaning Tower of Pisa is a freestanding bell tower located in the city of Pisa in Italy. As its name suggests, it actually does lean to one side. The tower started to lean during construction because the foundation was built on soft ground that had difficulty supporting the weight.


A Team of engineers is constantly monitoring its inclination and people in Pisa are ready to take action to save the Tower should its inclination become critical.


But what is a critical inclination and why the Leaning Tower of Pisa does not fall?

Who built the leaning tower of Pisa?

The real identity of the Tower of Pisa’s architects is a mystery.


The most accredited architects of this first phase of work are Bonanno Pisano and Gherardo din Gherardo.


The second phase of construction started in 1275, and the work is attributed to Giovani di Simone. Tommaso Pisano (1350–1372) was the architect who finished the work.

Why is it leaning?

The leaning of the Tower of Pisa comes into the story in 1173 when construction began.


Thanks to the soft ground, it had begun to lean by the time its builders got to the third story, in 1178…

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