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Quiz: What is the angle of slant of the Leaning Tower (the bell tower)?
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Piazza del Duomo, Pisa, is an UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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800 black table cell bar.jpg Pisa is known worldwide for its Leaning Tower (the bell tower) of the city's cathedral. The height of the tower is 55.86 m (183.27 ft) from the ground on the low side and 56.70 m (186.02 ft) on the high side. it pisa bw 05.jpg
it pisa bw 01.jpg 400 black table cell bar.jpg The Duomo (cathedral), the Baptistery, the Leaning Tower, and the Cemetery, are all part of the Piazza del Duomo ("Cathedral Square") or Piazza dei Miracoli ("Square of Miracles").
400 black table cell bar.jpg The Baptistery, dedicated to St. John the Baptist and is the largest baptistery in Italy. it pisa bw 02.jpg
it pisa bw 03.jpg 400 black table cell bar.jpg The Duomo is a medieval cathedral, dedicated to Santa Maria Assunta (St. Mary of the Assumption). Construction began in 1064.
400 black table cell bar.jpg Efforts to compensate for the tilt, the engineers in (1272) built the upper floors (4-8) with one side taller than the other. Because of this, the tower is actually curved. it pisa bw 04.jpg
it pisa bw 06.jpg 600 black table cell bar.jpg The final solution (19902001) of structural strengthening, to prevent the collapse of the tower was to slightly straighten the tower to a safer angle, by removing 38 cubic meters (50 cubic yards) of soil from underneath the raised end, cables were cinched around the third level to prevent further tilting and 800 tones of lead counterweights were added to the raised end of the base. The tower was straightened by 45 centimeters (18 inches), returning to its 1838 position.


Below are a couple fountains around town.
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Answer to Quiz ==> An angle of slant at 3.97 degrees or 3.9 m (12 ft 10 in) from the vertical.