The Leaning Tower of Pisa no longer leans quite so much after a £20 million project to save it was hailed a complete success yesterday. The tower, which was on the verge of collapse, has been straightened by 18 inches (45 centimetres) returning it to its 1838 position.
Did you know that the Tower is actually curved, because its builders tried to compensate for its subsidence during construction?
Another factoid, in case you didn’t know: unlike the Tower of Pisa, which leans unintentionally, the Taj’s minarets lean outwards intentionally, to protect the main tomb in case of collapse. When I visited the Taj Mahal in my childhood, I was most fascinated by this wisdom of the architects.
Courtesy Email by a friend:
Q. What did the Big Ben say to the Tower of Pisa?
A. I’ve the time if you’ve the inclination! 🙂