The Leaning Tower of Pisa or simply the Tower of Pisa (La Torre di Pisa) is the campanile, or freestanding bell tower, of the cathedral of the Italian city of Pisa. It is situated behind the Cathedral and is the third oldest structure in Pisa’s Cathedral Square (Piazza del Duomo) after the Cathedral and the Baptistry.
Although intended to stand vertically, the tower began leaning to the southeast soon after the onset of construction in 1173 due to a poorly laid foundation and loose substrate that has allowed the foundation to shift direction. The tower currently leans to the southwest. Pisa Webcam Live Tower view.
The height of the tower is 55.86 m (183.27 ft) from the ground on the lowest side and 56.70 m (186.02 ft) on the highest side. The width of the walls at the base is 4.09 m (13.42 ft) and at the top 2.48 m (8.14 ft). Its weight is estimated at 14,500 metric tons (16,000 short tons). The tower has 296 or 294 steps; the seventh floor has two fewer steps on the north-facing staircase.
Prior to restoration work performed between 1990 and 2001, the tower leaned at an angle of 5.5 degrees, but the tower now leans at about 3.99 degrees. This means that the top of the tower is 3.9 metres (12 ft 10 in) from where it would stand if the tower were perfectly vertical. Pisa Webcam Live Tower view and live webcam from Italy.
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A new webcam mounted on the Blue Fin Building at Bankside allows local residents to get a glimpse behind the hoardings as preparatory works for Tate Modern’s extension get under way. The webcam captures an image of the building site to the south west of the existing Tate Modern gallery every 15 minutes during the working day. The images can be viewed as a time-lapse sequence to give an indication of progress on the site.
In January Mayor of London Boris Johnson visited Bankside to start enabling works for the gallery’s extension. The Mayor wielded a shovel at a symbolic ground-breaking ceremony in one of the three oil tanks of the former Bankside Power Station. The oil tanks will form a key feature of the expanded gallery designed by Herzog and de Meuron which Tate hopes will be completed in 2012.
This week Tate unveiled a new open-air exhibition on the hoardings around the building site by Swedish artist Martin Karlsson. Tate still has a long way to go to raise all the funding required for the £215 million extension. Follow the progress with the webcam. More webcam from London and England