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Pisa's leaning tower safe for 300 years: expert
Philip Pullella, Reuters
Published: Wednesday, May 28, 2008

ROME - The leaning tower of Pisa has been successfully stabilized and is out of danger for at least 300 years, said an engineer who has been monitoring the iconic Italian tourist attraction.

"All of our expectations have been confirmed," Professor Michele Jamiolkowski, an engineer and geologist, was quoted as telling Italy's leading newspaper, Corriere della Sera.

The tower's tilt of about four meters off the vertical has remained stable in recent years, after a big engineering project that ended in 2001 corrected its lean by about 40 centimeters from where it was in 1990 when the project began.

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Thank you Sue. This is very good news.

I was on the tower of Pisa a long time ago, and I was a bit worried that I might make it fall over Smile Wall

Astronomer Galileo, who was hauled before the Vatican's Inquisition for his view that the earth revolved around the sun, is said to have used the tower of his hometown for experiments on gravity.

Thank you for the post Sue.

I am very happy that this wonderful historic structure has been saved.

Leaning Tower of Pisa is saved from collapse
By Malcolm Moore in Rome
Last Updated: 5:40PM BST 28/06/2007

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 Leaning Tower of Pisa has been straightened by 18 inches, returning it to its position of 1838. It has been leaning since 1173
The tower, which was on the verge of collapse, has been straightened by 18 inches (45 centimetres) returning it to its 1838 position.

"It has straightened a little bit more than we expected, but every little helps," said Prof John Burland, an expert in soil mechanics at Imperial College London, who was the only British member of the 14-strong rescue committee.

He said the tower was still "very slightly moving" towards being upright, but that it had stabilised.


I was not as brave as you Gisele. I stood under the leaning tower and changed my mind about going up. Maybe I will be a bit more courageous if I have a chance to see it again.
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