This week's Take Us Along winner is Shane Baker of Somerset, Ky., who took Kentucky Auto & RV along on a trip to Italy. Shown with a copy of the popular magazine in front of the Leaning Tower of Pisa are Caleb and Gabe Baker.
The Leaning Tower of Pisa is a freestanding bell tower of the cathedral of Pisa. The tower is located behind the cathedral and is well known because it tilts, thus the name.
It began to tilt during construction, which began in 1173, because of an inadequate foundation and ground that was too soft to support it. As construction continued the tilt became more pronounced. It took almost 200 years to build. Finally it was stabilized. In the late 20th century and early 21st century the tilt was somewhat corrected.
The tower is a little over 183 feet tall on the lower side and almost 186 feet tall on the higher side. It leans almost 4 degrees.
Thanks for taking us along!