Our guide started our day with- Today we are going to a place where thousands of tourists go everyday to make sure the tower is still leaning! Yes, to Leaning tower of Pisa! Ture! It is still leaning!
It is a freestanding bell tower behind cathedral in Piazza del Duomo (Cathedral Square) which started leaning durning its construction itself due to the soft ground on one side. It tilted more during the 196 years of its construction until it was stabilized and then the tilt was corrected to some extent during later centuries! Its initial world popular tilt was more than 5 degrees it seems now it is corrected up to little less than 4 degrees. It has around 300 steps to reach the top floor from where one could get a sweeping views of the surroundings.
The Piazza del Duomo or popularly nick named as Piazza dei Miracoli, was declared a World Heritage Site in 1987. The square includes the cathedral, a baptistry, the bell tower and the cathedral. The three structures whiter than white those days stand majestically on the green grass. The tower is one of the seven medieval wonders of the world! There were thousands of tourists even early in the morning. I saw many youngsters trying for that touristy picture of "supporting the leaning tower" :)
Cathedral in the Piazza del Duomo
Artifacts in the Piazza del Duomo
Well, our guide had given us time just enough for a picture of the tower! Though tourists could go up to the seventh floor I ran around and back to the train as if there was fire in the square! Still, I got lost in panic and I was the last one to reach to see the frowning fellow package-mates! Well, they weren't that bad! Whatever I saw in that time is presented here for your viewing pleasure :)---
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