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Leaning Tower - Other leaning towers

Marble belltower in Pisa, W Italy, 54 m/177 ft high, begun in 1173, completed in 1372. The ground beneath the tower began to sink after three storeys had been built, and the tower was 5·2 m/17 ft out of line in 1997. Closed to visitors in 1990, a programme of strengthening work stopped the process of tilting by 2000, and it was reopened in December 2001.

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