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Lean years

The Torre Pendente di Pisa was built between 1173 and 1350 in the Campo dei Miracoli (Field of Miracles). Work was halted three times in the almost 200 year construction period, mainly due to various conflicts involving the once powerful medieval city state.

The lean first became obvious (originally to the north but since 1250 to the south) around 1178, during the first stoppage when the tower was about 11m high. When it was finally finished in 1350 at a height of 55m and eight storeys, the builders had already tried to rectify the lean by straightening the upper storeys from the fifth level up towards the north, giving the tower its slight banana-shape.

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