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Daemon
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The Leaning Tower of Pisa

In 1173, construction began on the final building of the cathedral complex in Pisa, Italy. The bell tower was designed to stand 185 feet (56 m) tall, but uneven settling of its foundation caused its 5.5-degree lean. Work was suspended several times, but the structure was still leaning upon completion in the 14th century. The tower's tilt only worsened over time, prompting a recent strengthening project to prevent collapse. How did the tower narrowly escape destruction during World War II? More...
adele T
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During World War II, the Allies discovered that the Germans were using the tower as an observation post. A U.S. Army sergeant sent to confirm the presence of German troops in the tower was impressed by the beauty of the cathedral and its campanile, and thus refrained from ordering an artillery strike, sparing it from destruction.[16][17]


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During World War II, the Allies discovered that the Germans were using the tower as an observation post. A U.S. Army sergeant sent to confirm the presence of German troops in the tower was impressed by the beauty of the cathedral and its campanile, and thus refrained from ordering an artillery strike, sparing it from destruction
thar
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Maybe the tower is straight and it is the world that has tilted. Whistle
ithink140
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I visited the tower and went straight up.
kenturner1
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Fascinating and beautiful. I've always wanted to visit it. I'm sure it's been discussed and I know nothing about construction but couldn't they sure up the foundation and the soil around it?
capitán
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ithink140 wrote:
I visited the tower and went straight up.

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Soon, I'm going to Europe. I should start thinking about the itinerary.
I will not dismiss the torre di pisa.
Dr. Mohammed Albadri
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The Umayyad Mosque in Mosul .
Mosul, 396 km north of Baghdad, is Iraq's 2nd largest city, a center for the tourist resorts of northern Iraq, and the north's major center for trade, industry and communications, with approximately 570,000 inhabitants. Situated in the northwestern part of the country, on the west bank of Tigris, and close to the ruined Assyrian city of Nineveh.
Mosul is called Um Al-Rabi'ain (The City of Two Springs), because autumn and spring are very much alike there. It is also named Al-Faiha (The Paradise), Al-Khadhra (The Green), and Al-Hadba (The Humped), and sometimes described as the Pearl of the North.

In this city locates The Umayyad Mosque which is built in 640 AD by Utba bin Farqad Al-Salami after he conquered Mosul in the reign of Caliph Omar ibn Al-Khattab. The only part still extant is the remarkably elaborate brickwork 52 m high minaret that leans like the Tower of Pisa, called Al-Hadba (The Humped)


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Namkhang Le
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the tower tilts cuz there is soft ground underneath it
Absurdicuss
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Let it fall and auction off the Pezzi di Pisa.
Marguerite
Posted: Thursday, March 27, 2014 7:37:39 PM

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One of the questions first graders are asked by the media in Pisa is where is the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Many of the adorable kids will say Rome. Manhattan morning shows do the same with their first graders. They will ask who is buried in Grant's Tomb. Invariable some adorable blonde child will answer, "my grandmother?".
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