Pisa, a place of birth of truth
Pisa is an ancient city, located in the downstream of the Arno River. Thanks to its strong naval forces it was a strong town, which was as powerful as Florence and Siena. However, with blockage of the Arno River channel, the naval forces became more and more weak. Finally, Pisa reduced to an affiliated province of Florence. Despite its splendid time former glory, Pisa still offers a lot of material and spiritual testimonies to its visitors: the most famous Pisa Leaning Tower, which along with the special Baptistery and the magnificent cemetery and the amazing Cathedral which is the representative works of Roman architecture;
Pisa is also the hometown for one of the most famous scientists Galileo, who made free fall experiment in Pisa Leaning Tower in 1590. At that time, the Europeans devoutly believe in the authority of Aristotle, regarded his false argument “the falling speed and weight of the object are proportional “as the truth. But Galileo decided to use practice to prove this theory. After the full preparation, he came up the top of the tower, facing the crowd, solemnly raised his hands, at the same time confidently released his hands. One big and one small iron balls fell down together. Surely, the two different iron balls fell to the ground at the same speed from the same height at the same time! The crowd was shocked; people surrounded Galileo, cheering the birth of a great truth!
It was true that Galileo overturned the wrong theory of Aristotle, but everyone wondered if the experiment was indeed done at the top of the Pisa Leaning Tower. Anyway, the controversial point of view really added the mystery and charm to this magic tower.
As the saying goes: “The Leaning Tower of Pisa is as strong as Pisa’ history, reputation and citizens and will never fall.” But since the beginning of measurement in 1918, the tower has an average inclination of about 1 mm per year, and its top center point has been deviated from the vertical center line nearly 5 meters. In order to save this famous building, the Italian government has taken various measures. According to different studies the Leaning Tower still has a long life, for at least the next 250 years.
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Article written by Dalia Ricky
Electa Travel Specialist