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.2001 – The Leaning Tower of Pisa reopens after 11 years and $27,000,000 spent to stabilize it, without fixing its famous lean. The Leaning Tower of Pisa is the campanile, or freestanding bell tower, of the cathedral of the Italian city of Pisa, known worldwide for its unintended tilt. The tower is situated behind the Pisa Cathedral and is the third oldest structure in the city's Cathedral Square (Piazza del Duomo), after the cathedral and the Pisa Baptistry. The tower's tilt began during construction in the 12th century, caused by an inadequate foundation on ground too soft on one side to properly support the structure's weight. The tilt increased in the decades before the structure was completed in the 14th century. It gradually increased until the structure was stabilized (and the tilt partially corrected) by efforts in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. The tower was closed to the public on January 7, 1990, after more than two decades of stabilisation studies and spurred by the abrupt collapse of the Civic Tower of Pavia in 1989. The bells were removed to relieve some weight, and cables were cinched around the third level and anchored several hundred meters away. Apartments and houses in the path of the tower were vacated for safety. The solution chosen to prevent the collapse of the tower was to slightly straighten it to a safer angle by removing 38 cubic metres of soil from underneath the raised end. The tower was straightened by 45 centimetres returning to its 1838 position. After a decade of corrective reconstruction and stabilization efforts, the tower was reopened to the public on December 15, 2001 and was declared stable for at least another 300 years.
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| 🍁Juste en face du @chateaudeblois , l’église Saint-Vincent-de-Paul (ancienne église Saint Louis des Jésuites) se dévoile.
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And I can't resist sharing just one more picture from @sudeleycastle's Spectacle of Light event. It's on until the end of December and is definitely worth catching if you're looking for something to do on a winter evening. One piece of advice: dress warm! I think I was up to four layers and a jacket (plus gloves, scarf, hat, and two pairs of socks). If you have the time, make sure to visit the castle and gardens during the daytime as well; it's a wonderful place to explore and I'm already looking forward to another trip in the summer to catch the gardens at their best.
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Newcastle Castle was completed in 1250. The Roman fort of Pons Aelius stood on this site and was succeeded by a Norman fort before the current castle was built. It was a major border castle during the medieval era when England and Scotland were at war.
So I was planning to continue to share photos of Edinburgh to tempt you over to the MissElaineous Blog, but a visit to @sudeleycastle and the Spectacle of Light changed my weekend posting schedule entirely! Now just one or two (hundred) photos to sort through before blogging about this incredible place in the Cotswolds.
Heute mal einen Blick nach oben gewagt 😊 Bei uns ist alles vorbereitet für "Weihnachten im Salon" mit Kunsthandwerk, Geschichten und Musik. Ihr seid herzlich willkommen und natürlich wünschen wir allen ein schönes Wochenende!
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Highclere Castle is a country house in the Jacobethan style by the architect Charles Barry, with a park designed by Capability Brown. The 5,000-acre estate is in Hampshire, England, about 5 miles (8 km) south of Newbury, Berkshire. It is the country seat of the Earl of Carnarvon, a branch of the Anglo-Welsh Herbert family. Highclere Castle was a filming location for the British comedy series Jeeves and Wooster. It was also used as the main filming location for the award-winning period drama Downton Abbey.The great hall, dining room, library, music room, drawing room, saloon and several of the bedrooms located inside the building were also used for filming.
The castle, Egyptian exhibition and gardens are open to the public during the summer months and at other times during the rest of the year. The castle also holds special ticketed events throughout the year.The castle became home to Egyptian artifacts after the 5th Earl, an enthusiastic amateur Egyptologist, sponsored the excavation of nobles' tombs in Deir el-Bahari (Thebes) in 1907. He later accompanied archaeologist Howard Carter during the discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun in 1922.
The castle stands on the site of an earlier house, which was built on the foundations of the medieval palace of the Bishops of Winchester, who owned this estate from the 9th century. The original site was recorded in the Domesday Book.
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