Restoration work on the Leaning Tower of Pisa is nearly complete
Restoration work on the Leaning Tower of Pisa is nearly completeA major restoration project to remove sea salt, pigeon droppings and tourist graffiti from the Leaning Tower of Pisa is nearing completion, reports The Independent. An army of restoration experts have been hard at work for more than eight years in order to get the job finished before scaffolding around the tower comes down in early 2011.
The UNESCO World Heritage Site in Tuscany
was in a state of disrepair after years of strong storms had damaged the intricate ghouls and animals carved into the stone. And thanks to the Tower’s tilt, water collected in the pillars was having a corrosive effect.
Armed with a mix of both traditional and 21st-century tools, such as lasers, chisels and syringes, the ten-strong workforce have been restoring the tower at a cost of nearly £6million. Tourist chiefs in central Italy
say it’s going to be worth every penny. The tower attracts over a million tourists to the area each year.
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