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Tilt: A Skewed History of the Tower of Pisa
Nicholas Shrady (au)
With a profile that stands five degrees off kilter, the bell tower in Pisa’s Campo dei Miracaoli -- a.k.a. the Tower of Pisa -- is one of the world’s great icons. Less well known, however, is how it got that way. Was it shoddy workmanship? Soft ground? Or the brainchild, perhaps, of a hunchback maestro who skewed the campanile to avenge his own condition? This fascinating history reveals the truth behind the Tower of Pisa and how it went from being a flawed yet revolutionary structure at its completion in 1370 to a paragon of modern tourism -- a journey that witnessed the experiments of Galileo, the Romantic poetry of Byron, the nearly ruinous corrective surgery of Mussolini, and much more. “Hugely entertaining and informative.” Illustrations.
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