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Italy’s Tower of Pisa

Photo courtesy of Scott Kent
Photo courtesy of Scott Kent


Known worldwide for its unintended tilt to one side, the Leaning Tower of Pisa is the third oldest structure in Pisa’s Cathedral Square. Barely standing for more than 800 years, the Tower began to tilt during construction due to an inadequate foundation. The tilt increased in the following decades and gradually increased until the structure was stabilized by efforts in the 20th and 21st centuries. Construction of the tower took place in three different stages that span nearly 200 years. Work on the first floor of the white marble bell tower started in August 1173 during a period of military success and prosperity. Situated behind Pisa’s grand Cathedral, the bell tower has a height of approximately 183 feet.

Pisa, situated at the junction of two rivers, is also home of the University of Pisa which has a history dating back to the 12th century. The origin of the name Pisa remains a mystery.

Story and photo produced by Scott Kent, scott.kent@ihg.com

Scott Kent, a native Mississippian and Ole Miss graduate, lives in Atlanta where he works for IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group), the world’s largest hotel company. He majored in journalism and business while at Ole Miss and later earned a master’s degree in journalism administration from the University of Memphis. During his career in the hospitality industry, he’s helped launch many of IHG’s newest hotel brands, including Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn Express, and Hotel Indigo. In addition to traveling across all 50 states, he has worked in more than 50 countries.

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