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Galileo is famous for dropping objects from the tower of Pisa to show that heavier objects don’t fall faster than lighter objects. The opposite was believed at that time based on the theories of Aristotle. Few people know that this test was done earlier by the scientist Simon Stevin in the tower of Delft. Galileo would, however, become famous for it.
The Leaning Tower of Pisa (Italian: Torre pendente di Pisa) or simply the Tower of Pisa (Torre di Pisa) is the campanile, or freestanding bell tower, of the cathedral of the Italian city of Pisa, known worldwide for its unintended tilt to one side. It is situated behind the Cathedral and is the third oldest structure in Pisa’s Cathedral Square (Piazza del Duomo) after the Cathedral and the Baptistry. The tower’s tilt began during construction, caused by an inadequate foundation on ground too soft on one side to properly support the structure’s weight. The tilt increased in the decades before the structure was completed, and gradually increased until the structure was stabilized (and the tilt partially corrected) by efforts in the late 20th and early 21st centuries.
In 1987, the tower was declared as part of the Piazza del Duomo UNESCO World Heritage Site along with the neighbouring cathedral, baptistery and cemetery.
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The leaning Tower of Pisa is 55.86 meters high and is tilted with an angle of approximately 10%.
The Leaning Tower of Pisa is an iconic bell tower, renowned for its slanted stance.