The odd geometry of the Leaning Tower of Pisa is a subject of wonder for many of its numerous visitors.
The tower whose construction took 177 years (it was completed in 1350) started leaning northward from the very beginning due to the poor soil on which it was built.
In 1990’s the massive structure was sinking severely into the ground and had to be closed at one point. Before the end of the century British scientists came up with a solution for the tower’s threatening lean. They joined Italian engineers in their effort to reverse the tilt of the tower to the angle it was at 162 years ago and made it safe for visitors for another 500 years.
With its 14.500 tons of gleaming marble La Torre Pendentedi Pisa is still one of the most exquisite landmarks of Italy.
I hope you will be able to find some examples of geometry. When you do, leave me your links.
The next post on this blog will appear the last week in July. I’m going off grid tomorrow. Keep well.
Check out the entries for this challenge by clicking on the links bellow:
Almost 2,000 years ago the ancient seaside city of Pompeii, nestled at the bottom of the deadly Vesuvius got buried beneath a mountain of volcanic ash following a fierce volcano eruption. Nearly three thousand people lost their lives, and the city remained hidden for 1,700 years.
Today one of the largest and best preserved archaeological sites in the world, Pompeii will take you back into the past showing you the remnants of Roman civilization by providing a fascinating picture of “daily” life.
The following photo shows Palestra Grande, an athletics field where gladiators and athletes practiced before competing in the adjacent amphitheatre.
I think you will see why I picked this precise shot for geometry theme. The geometry of columns and trees in the frame is what had caught my eye.
As usual I am enclosing a musical treat: Erik Satie’s Gymnopédie ……
***Gymnopédie is the French form of “gymnopaidiai”, an annual festival in Ancient Sparta where naked youths (athletes in Ancient Greece were always naked) performed athletic dances.