07 January 2010

Leaning Tower of Pisa Closes to Public 07 January 1990

On this day, 07 January 1990, The Leaning Tower of Pisa was closed to the public. The accelerated rate of "leaning" raised fears for the safety of its visitors.  The medieval tower took over 200 years to build.  The tower reopened in 2001 after stabalization but there were additional stabilization problems.

It is believed that Galileo did an experiment on the tower and discovered gravity.  Here is a short NASA video that demonstrates this experiment.

Why do I find this interesting?  Despite the problems with this building, look at how long it has stood-- Europeans hadn't found their way to the Americas yet!  Think about how many buildings in the New World have NOT stood the test of time and you will realize that the Italian craftsman really did quality work.

For more information:
Tour Italy Now article


  1. Neat lil bit of history there thanks, I never knew it closed, thats interesting.

  2. It opened back up but there was additional leaning that happened after that. I'm not completely sure if it is still open for tours or not. One of the big fears now is terrorists targeting it. Here is an article about that: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/3838101.stm


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