Another leaning tower raises concerns in Italy

 In Italy’s city of Bologna, another architectural marvel is teetering on the edge of disaster. The Torre Garisenda, a 12th-century tower, currently stands at a towering height of 148 feet, tilting at a precarious four-degree angle. 

Local authorities have raised alarm about its structural integrity, deeming it a significant risk for collapse.

The tower, a cherished symbol of the city, was flagged as being at “high risk” of falling just last year, according to reports . Now, it has been cordoned off from public access due to safety concerns.

Situated adjacent to the taller Asinelli Tower, collectively known as the Two Towers, Torre Garisenda’s slanted stance has become a cause for urgent action.

City officials have initiated a $20 million endeavor to prevent the looming catastrophe. Drawing inspiration from the successful stabilization efforts at the Leaning Tower of Pisa, they have mobilized scaffolding, pylons, and specialized equipment for the task.

However, the process is expected to be time-consuming, requiring at least six months to adapt the equipment for optimal functionality.

With the fate of the Torre Garisenda hanging in the balance, the city remains vigilant in its efforts to safeguard this historic landmark and preserve its cultural heritage for generations to come.

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