Italy has another leaning tower, and this one could fall

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They want Pisa to be the action.

There is another leaning tower in Italy, but this time officials are worried about a dangerous collapse.

The looming catastrophe of the 12th century is the Garisenda Tower, 148 feet tall on a four-degree curve (for now) in the heart of Bologna.

The Garisenda Tower in Italy is titling at a dangerous rate, officials warn. De Agostini via Getty Images

The long-standing and locally loved icon was deemed at “high risk” of collapsing just last year. CNN reported.

The leaning rioter, now out of reach of onlookers, stands next to a larger 319-foot structure called Torre Asinelli; Together they are known as the two towers.

Earlier this week, city ​​officials enlisted scaffolding, pylons and other equipment used on the Leaning Tower of Pisa to try to keep the Garisenda Tower in the air, in a $20 million initiative.

It will take half a year to modify the equipment for optimal use.

“This will allow the tower to be secured,” said the mayor of Bologna, Matteo Lepore, at a press conference.

Work is underway to keep the Garisenda Tower safely in the air. AFP via Getty Images
The project is expected to last for years. AFP via Getty Images

A truncated description of the plan is to place supports along the middle section of the tower that connect to two pulley systems anchored in the ground.

Next will come the masonry work.

“In 2025 and 2026 there will be more consolidation and restoration work, which still needs to be planned,” the mayor added.

When built in the Middle Ages, the two towers had a military purpose of signaling and defending the city, as well as flaunting prestige, according to the city’s tourism board.




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