Pisa's Tower is losing its famous lean

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By Euronews
Pisa's Tower is losing its famous lean

The iconic Leaning Tower of Pisa is losing its lean as decades of efforts to straighten it seem to be working.

ANSA news agency quotes a consultant to the international committee monitoring the tilt, Nunziante Squeglia, as saying that while the progressive recovery of tilt is good news, the overall structural health of the tower is more important.

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 43.1 centimetres (17 inches) off the lean.