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Leaning Tower of Pisa, The

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a round, marble campanile in Pisa, Italy, begun in 1174 and now 17 feet (5.2 meters) out of the perpendicular in its height of 179 feet (54 meters).
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A dramatically leaning tower in the city of Pisa in Italy, built as a bell tower for the cathedral of the city; the tower dates from the twelfth century. Soon after its construction, the foundation sank, causing the tower to lean.

Note: Closed to the public in 1990, the tower was reopened in the early twenty-first century after engineers reduced the rate of inclination by about sixteen inches.
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