Leaning Tower of Pisa might one day stand straight
Straightened by 2.5 cm in 12 years, engineer tells Daily Mail30 October, 14:00
(ANSA) - Pisa, October 29 - At least one Italian official thinks the Leaning Tower of Pisa will one day straighten up, thanks to modern engineering.
Giuseppe Bentivoglio, technical director of the monument, said the 56-meter bell tower's lean towards the south is shrinking thanks to an 11-year restoration project completed in 2001.
"The tower is moving. It is straightening towards the north. Between 2001 and 2013 it has recovered 2.5 centimeters of its incline", the structural engineer told the Daily Mail newspaper.
"In theory it would be possible to straighten it completely", he added.
The free-standing cathedral tower began tilting during construction, in the 12th century, because of an inadequate foundation on ground that was too soft on one side.