The Leaning Tower of Pisa was initially planned as a perfectly straight freestanding bell tower for the nearby Cathedral.
The construction of the Tower began in the year 1173 and in just 5 years they completed the first 3 floors. Until then, everything was going according to the plan.
Things started to go sideways when the foundations began to sink into the soft ground and the entire structure was suddenly leaning on one side...

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It was the year 1172 when Donna Berta di Bernardo gifted sixty silver coins to purchase some of the stones for the foundation of a tower to be built nearby the newly constructed Cathedral in Pisa. 
Excavation works for the foundation started right away and the first stones were laid on Thursday the 9th August 1173.
...but there is more to it...

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