VIDEO: Leaning Tower Of Pisa Not Leaning As Much

It may not have the same ring if it were known as "The Tower in Pisa that Doesn't Lean Anywhere as Much as it Used To." But it's true: The Leaning Tower of Pisa isn't leaning so much anymore. After decades of trying to straighten it, engineers say the famed tower has recovered 1.57 inches more. As a result, the tower is in better shape structurally than predicted. The 12th-century tower reopened to the public in 2001 after being closed for more than a decade to let workers reduce its slant. By using hundreds of tons of lead counterweights at the base and extracting soil from under the foundations, engineers initially shaved 17 inches off the lean.

 
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