Pisa’s Tower leans into legendary status
The Leaning Tower of Pisa was started in 1174 as the bell tower of the Cathedral. Building was not completed for about two hundred years, due to the tilting, as well as protracted wars. During the early construction, unstable soils caused one side to sink, and work was stopped at the third story. Though the graceful Romanesque design was attractive, the church hoped that it could be straightened before making it taller. When attempts to right the pitch of the tower failed, construction was resumed anyhow, due to the rising fame of the thing.
It has become a symbol of Italy, even though it’s not the only tower in the world known to have a tilt, it’s clearly the most famous, bringing tourists from the world over to gasp at it’s gravity-defying attitude as much as the beautiful design.