The alert was issued in October. Tilted by 4 degrees, the Garisenda Leaning Tower, in the centre of Bologna, was in danger of collapsing and had its access restricted to the public. At the end of November, the city announced in a press release a budget of more than four million euros to consolidate the building dating from the <>th century.
This tower has been oscillating since it was built, but these oscillations have become abnormal, and this situation derives from a deterioration in the consistency of the material," Matteo Lepore, the mayor of Bologna, told La Repubblica at the end of October.
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From January 2024, a first phase of the work will focus on erecting a safety net "to contain the debris resulting from a possible collapse," the city says. The next project will tackle the foundations. The restoration is expected to last until February.
Erected in the twelfth century, between 1109 and 1119, with its twin Asinelli, the Garisenda Tower is 48 meters high. After an initial truncation for fear of a possible collapse, it was originally 60 metres high, in the mid-<>th century, the tower has always been subject to restoration work. "Built to ensure the defence of the city, the two towers bear the names of two illustrious rival families who saw in the construction of these two buildings a means of establishing their prestige and power," the official website of the city of Bologna reads.