Architect of Leaning Tower of Pisa Revealed; Outlook Traveller

After more than 800 years, the architect of the Leaning Tower of Pisa has been finally revealed. He was, apparently, mortified of the tilt and disappeared…

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New discovery finally confirms the Leaning Tower of Pisa’s architect after 800 years; Cailey Rizzo; Travel+Leisure

Archaeologists from a university in Pisa believe they have officially uncovered the identity of the city’s famous Leaning Tower. A man by the name of…

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Leaning Tower of Pisa’s architect is revealed as Bonanno Pisano; Joe Pinkstone; Daily Mail

The bizarre lean of the UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Italian city embarrassed its architect and was not finished until more than 100 years after his death.

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American tourists damage Leaning Tower of Pisa for a selfie; eTurboNews

The Leaning Tower of Pisa, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was damaged by two US tourists, local media reports. While being inside the tower, the Americans…

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Pisa, Italy – Retirement, Lifestyle and Cost of Living Information; International Living

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4 Reasons to Take This Day Trip From Florence; Walks Of Italy

A trip to the countryside to visit Pisa and Lucca will complete your Tuscan itinerary.

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The 8 best things to do in Catania; Julius Szabo; TravelTipy

Visit Catania: what are the best things to do and see in this emblematic city of Sicily?

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Pisa, Italy: So Much More Than a Tower – Things to Do in Pisa; Jim Santos; International Living

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Pisa the Italian city packed full of culture and amazing food; Rebecca Underwood; Brighton & Hove Independent

Rebecca Underwood finds there’s more to Pisa than the Leaning Tower.

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Leaning Tower of Pisa continues to rise; Deutsche Welle

The Leaning Tower of Pisa is less leant. In the past 17 years, it has risen another four centimetres, the newspaper “Corriere della Sera” reported. But it is not supposed to become quite straight.

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CNN: UNESCO World Heritage Sites Imperiled by ‘Climate Change’; Thomas D Williams; Breitbart

Swift action is required to preserve World Heritage sites from the “high risk” of extensive damage from climate change, CNN reported.

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World Heritage sites threatened by climate change: Study; PTI

Dozens of UNESCO World Heritage sites in the Mediterranean such as Venice, the Leaning Tower of Pisa and the Medieval City of Rhodes are under severe threat of coastal erosion and flooding due to rising sea levels within the next 100 years, a study has warned. The study, published in the journal…

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Leaning Tower of Pisa has withstood earthquakes for centuries – here’s how; Cleve R Wootson Jr; Stuff

Soft soil and a unique structure have kept the quirky tower standing for centuries.

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This is why the Leaning Tower of Pisa is still standing; Joanna Whitehead; Independent

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Researchers reveal that the steadfast structure’s stability lies in its soil

New research has revealed how the iconic Leaning Tower of Pisa has managed to stay standing – and intact – in the face of four strong earthquakes and a precarious lean of five degrees.

The vulnerability of the Unesco World Heritage Site has mystified engineers and scientists for millennia. Moderate seismic activity was expected to significantly damage the 58m tall Tower, or even result in collapse but, incredibly, this has not happened.

A research group of 16 engineers at the University of Bristol has now discovered that the considerable height and stiffness of the Tower, combined with the softness of the foundation soil, ensure it doesn’t resonate with earthquake ground motion.

This phenomenon is known as dynamic soil-structure interaction (DSSI) and the Tower now holds the auspicious title of world record holder in DSSI effects.

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TripAdvisor’s 10 most booked trips in the world; Fox News

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It’s never too early to start planning for your next vacation, and travelers in the know often design a trip around a dream destination. Whether you’re pining to cross a classic destination off your bucket list or simply guarantee a worthwhile trip, consider TripAdvisor’s latest listing of the 10 most booked trips, attractions and tours in the world.

“While iconic sites are well represented in the top 10 list, historical and heritage tours are the fastest growing experience category for both global (+125 percent bookings) and United States (+98 percent bookings) travelers,” the travel company notes, adding skip-the-line tours are the second fastest growing category for U.S. travelers by gross booking value.

From Italy to France, Spain, England and back again to the United States, get busy browsing and pull those suitcases out of storage.

1. Vatican Museums, St. Peter’s Basilica, Sistine Chapel

From artwork to history and culture, the Gallery of the Maps, Raphael’s Rooms and “The Creation of Adam’ by Michelangelo” are must-see visits.

2. Chicago Architecture River Cruise

No matter who you’re traveling with, a cruise down the Chicago River is sure to please.

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Nittan fire detection protects UNESCO world heritage site; Modern Building Services

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Nittan fire detection equipment has been installed at the UNESCO world heritage site Piazza del Duomo in Pisa, Italy as part of an integrated fire and security system. The devices have been installed in the Camposanto (cemetery), the cathedral, two museums and the administrative offices. There are 1000 zones and seven fire-detection control units. The fire-detection system has been integrated into a new security system that includes 150 CCTV cameras, a site-wide access-control system and intrusion detection. The ‘leaning’ Tower of Pisa is also on the site.

The system was designed by Nittan agent EL.MO Spa having been selected by Opera della Primaziale Pisana (OPA), a non-profit organisation which oversees the Piazza del Duomo. These historically significant sites and precious works of art require round-the-clock protection.

The EL.MO proposal met the requirements by using existing equipment where possible and seamlessly integrating new devices.

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Five UNESCO World Heritage Sites Unlocked: Get To Know The Most Important Landmarks In The World; Jovie Lyn Alejandro; TravelersToday

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The world is blessed with natural resources for human consumption and enjoyment; the mystical rivers and caves, bountiful wildlife, precipitous mountains and great oceans. The best art is created by nature. And the greatest protégé of nature are his people, the creation of ancient and modern architecture are not just for display or amazement. Deeper meanings and function are accompanied in crafting magnificent work of art. Take a peek at some of the most important landmarks formed by nature and man. Let’s unlock its mystery and if you’re lucky to have time to visit, jot down important notes as well. Learning and travelling is a fun combination.

1. Uluru in the Northern Territory, Australia– Uluru or famously called as Ayers Rock is sacred sandstone formation in the southern part of the Northern Territory in central Australia.

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So THAT’S why all the photographs are of the outside! Revealing the boring interiors of the Leaning Tower of Pisa after 300-stair hike to the top; Sadie Whitelock; Daily Mail

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  • Photos showing the Leaning Tower of Pisa’s bell tower interiors reveal it as a bare, hollow shell
  • The famous landmark took 199 years to build and it underwent restoration recently
  • Its angle was previously 5.5 degrees from the perpendicular, but is now only 3.99 degrees off straight

The Leaning Tower of Pisa took 199 years to build. And it appears by the time builders reached the rafters they had run out of steam.

Photos showing the tower’s interior reveal it as a hollow shell.

It comes as a surprise to many, given the landmark’s grand exterior, which is adorned with marble arches and intricate stone carvings.

After climbing 300 stairs and paying a €15 entrance fee, visitors are greeted with bare bricks when they reach the bell tower.

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