Some historical monuments are the perfect prop for taking
silly creative pictures but the Leaning Tower of Pisa probably beats them all – inciting tourists to perform all sorts of contortions to save it from its hypothetical dismal fall to the ground. It was very amusing seeing all these tourists striking a pose with the infamous campanile; I couldn’t resist capturing them on camera so following are a few photos for your viewing pleasure and also a little bit of history about the world-famous Torre Pendente di Pisa.
The construction of the Tower of Pisa started in 1173 and was interrupted several times by unforeseen factors such as wars, debt and the copious amount of time spent trying to figure out how to correct its ever-increasing slanted perpendicularity (this made me chuckle). Construction finally ended in the mid-1300’s with the help of a series of very aggravated and sleep-deprived engineers and architects no doubt. I’m sure the Tuscan air was filled with a few Italian curse words – vaffanculo comes to mind (you can google that if you so wish).
So why exactly is the tower leaning? It all started at the very beginning of the construction. By the time the third of eight stories was built, the builders noticed the tower was leaning (why did it take so long to notice this? I’m thinking there was a lot of vino being passed around). This was due to the fact that the shifting soil which consisted of sand, shells and clay wasn’t sturdy enough (again, didn’t anybody think of checking this very important factor? Meh, darmi piu del vino!) for such a construction (or any construction for that matter) and thus the Leaning Tower of Pisa started sinking and quite haphazardly became a very popular tourist site many centuries later.
If you thought the campanile was a stroke of architectural ingenuity, sorry to burst your bubble but nope; in reality it was actually due to a sizable lack of planning? expertise? competence? sobriety? all of the above? I’ll let you ponder on this while you pour yourself a glass of vino.
If you’re wondering if I succumbed to the theatrics of posing with the Tower of Pisa, the answer is no f’n way. I’m a self-professed snob when it comes to prop-induced photos though I recall that one time years ago in Santorini when I was sternly instructed by a stranger to cradle the sun (wtf?). That was the one and only time – I’ve stood my ground since then.
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